Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has sent letters to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, Assistant Interior Secretary Tony Babauta and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo urging them to ensure that Davis-Bacon wages are properly applied on Guam.
In a release, the Vice Speaker states that after learning that the U.S. Department of Labor had updated Guam’s Davis-Bacon wages on October 1, he found that the Department had again copied the government of Guam’s H2B prevailing wage determination, this time as of 2008.
Last March, the DOL used H2B wages from 2001 as Guam’s Davis-Bacon wages.
Cruz wants the DOL to properly survey the construction industry and publish Davis-Bacon wages for Guam as is done for other communities throughout the country. Cruz pointed out that the higher wages resulting from the survey would benefit not only Guam workers, but construction workers throughout the country, who have been hit hard by a difficult economy.
“Unfortunately, Guam ranks at the very bottom in wages for common construction trades, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics,” Cruz wrote. “For this reason, there is no incentive for our domestic construction workers to participate in the Guam buildup.”
According to an Interagency Coordination Group of Inspectors General for Guam Realignment report in February, the U.S. government and the government of Japan estimated that the costs for facility and infrastructure development requirements relating to the military relocation will be