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The paradox of prevailing wage

A worker at the Kroc Center, Boston. Photo by Travis Watson

A worker at the Kroc Center, Boston. Photo by Travis Watson

On paper, the Davis‐Bacon Act reads like a fantastic tool. And in many respects, it is. It has improved income disparities between white and black workers, facilitated equal pay for equal work, and helped stop wage theft. However, it’s important to understand the history of the Davis‐Bacon Act and how it has transitioned from a tool created to bar black workers to one that, however unintentionally, creates severe road‐blocks for Boston’s black‐owned contractors from working on projects, often right in their backyards.


Outkast Electric joins IBEW Local 103!

Outkast Electric recently joined IBEW Local 103 as a signatory contractor. This is another example of Local 103’s commitment to helping create a more inclusive and equitable construction industry here in Boston.