Group speaks out against Woodbury County’s use of COVID-19 money for new jail | Authorities and Politics

The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors operating on federally funded or assisted contracts….

The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors operating on federally funded or assisted contracts. It necessitates contractors to fork out no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits.

Ron Wieck, chairman of the joint town-county Law Enforcement Center, said the common contractor, Hausmann Design, will follow all correct wage laws needed by the federal regulations. But through session with its lawyers, the Authority does not feel the Legislation Enforcement Center fulfills the federal definition of the varieties of assignments in which Davis-Bacon applies, Wieck stated Friday.

Jen Pellant, an organizer with the Western Iowa Labor Federation, spoke for the duration of Thursday’s rally at the courthouse. Pellant, who represents 39 counties and 38 nearby unions in Iowa, said some other nearby governments across Iowa are making an attempt to use COVID resources in inappropriate techniques.

“But right here, is possibly the most important, most egregious circumstance we have heard of,” she told the crowd.

Pellant also browse a letter from the Western Iowa Labor Federation President Jeff Shudak in which Shudak described Woodbury County’s use of the resources as reckless.

“This income was set by the federal govt to enable Iowa communities to get previous this lethal virus, not to construct a jail with out-of-state contractors,” Shudak claimed in the letter.