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U.S. Chamber urges DOL’s Arbitration Review Board to reverse ruling that expands Davis-Bacon Act

February 18, 2014

The U.S. Chamber joined a coalition asking the Department of Labor's Arbitration Review Board (ARB) to reverse and set aside their the decision of the Deputy Administrator and to decision in CityCenterDC, which dramatically expanded the Davis-Bacon Act’s (DBA) coverage. The brief argues the decision of the Deputy Administrator threatens private investment in the economy, due to the unwarranted extension of the DBA for the privately funded rocket launch construction project, that was undertaken by Space Exploration Technologies for entirely commercial purposes. The Chamber argues that the Deputy Administrator’s decision should be reversed in order to prevent radical expansion of the DBA’s coverage that will otherwise result in unwarranted interference with private sector investment in the construction economy.

The Chamber filed the brief jointly with the Associated Builders and Contractors, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, and the Chamber of Commerce of Florida.

Maury Baskin of Littler Mendelson LLP represented the U.S.Chamber of Commerce as co-counsel to the National Chamber Litigation Center.

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