The M&SCA PAC Fund (PAC) was established in April 2008 as a means to receive and distribute contributions to support candidates that understand the importance of our industry. The PAC is an essential part of our legislative influence in Harrisburg and many local communities. The goals of the PAC are to give the member contractor and their employees a collective voice, to elect candidates that support our issues, and to lobby for legislation that is beneficial to our industry and the preservation of the middle class.
The generous financial support of our members and constituents combined with the countless hours volunteered by our PAC Fund Committee has generated a number of successful accomplishments over the years.
- Preservation of The Separations Act
Protection of Prevailing Wage
- The Separations Act requires public works contracts costing more than $4,000 to have separate specifications and bids for electrical, heating, plumbing and ventilation portions of each building project (called a multiple prime bid).
- Encourages small and medium-sized contractors to participate in public woks.
- Opponents claim that multiple bid contracts are more expensive for the public, but data shows the opposite – single bid contracts have recently come in 14 to 24% higher than multiple bid contracts for area school districts.
- Single prime bids awarded to general contractors often involve the hiring of out-of-state subcontractors; multiple prime bids go to Pennsylvania companies and Pennsylvania workers.
Multiemployer Pension Reform
- Prevailing wage laws ensure that workers on public construction projects paid for with taxpayer dollars are paid a wage comparable to the local standard or “prevailing” wage.
- They prevent contractors from low-balling bids and undercutting community wages with cheap, unskilled labor, and they make sure work is done by trained workers who know what they’re doing. These requirements ensure high-quality construction work and help prevent cost overruns.
- Prevailing wage requirements have been used in this country since 1891, but were made the law of the land in 1931 when Congress passed the federal Davis-Bacon Act. Today, 32 states and the District of Columbia have prevailing wage laws of their own.
- Business management and labor working together to develop solutions to protect multiemployer pension plans and prevent taxpayer bailouts.
- Phase 1: On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 into law which gave plan trustees the tools they need to address the issues of deeply troubled plans.
Contribute to the pac
As a member of the M&SCA, you can make a difference on our critical legislative issues. The key is to take action and we need to communicate with our lawmakers and work to elect those who are willing to listen to our views.
Strengthening the M&SCA PAC is one of the most effective ways that you can elect and support such lawmakers. It is also one of the smartest steps that you can take to help protect the future we all share. Every donation is graciously appreciated and will be used to help preserve the industry and the quality of life we enjoy.