Why Do Unions Need a Sweetheart Deal

Daniel Hogan, The Association of Union Constructors

In an article published by Fox Business on August 18th, 2022, entitled “Sweetheart union deal will undermine Inflation Reduction Act’s clean energy agenda,” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of regulatory, labor and state affairs, Ben Brubeck made several odd observations and conclusions. While his criticism of the IRA may be warranted, his op-ed seems to contain a troubling agenda or at least a global misunderstanding as to where those problems lie.

Mr. Brubeck states, “this policy is a brazen attempt to leverage federal tax policy to boost union membership.” He also makes multiple references to the Davis-Bacon legislation and Union apprenticeship programs. It is these comments that are at the core of Mr. Brubeck’s misunderstanding.

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