Civic Engagement



HF 3256 and SF 3259 are bills designed as a power grab by strong, national special interest groups and would result in the cheapening of construction standards for all residential dwellings in Minnesota. Decisions regarding our neighborhoods should be made at the local level not by state government leaders in St. Paul.

If enacted, the bill would lower property values, decrease public safety, and lead to a lower quality of life for homeowners in Minnesota. It would also have a negative effect on the state's economy and its small businesses. 

Ensure your state legislators vote for local control and urge them to VOTE NO on HF 3256 and SF 3259.

SF 3259 is being heard today before the Senate Housing Finance and Policy Committee! 

Use the action form on this page to send a message to your elected officials now. Also please also contact your legislator by phone . Click here to find your local state representative.

We must stand up to these powerful interests that would cheapen construction in our state! 

Action Alert: Tell Your Senators to Sideline the Filibuster

American democracy is under threat today. To save it, we need democracy in the U.S. Senate.

That means passing the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.

It shouldn’t be this hard to pass laws that help people. It should be a simple 50-vote majority, but an outdated procedure in the U.S. Senate called the filibuster is stopping us.

The choice is clear: Sideline the filibuster, not the hopes, aspirations and representation of America’s people.

We need to make sure BAC’s voice is heard.

Time is of the essence, as the Senate is expected to vote on Monday, January 17.

Click the link below to add your name to the petition.  Let your United States Senator and urge them to Sideline the Filibuster.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition!


Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act has been vital in protecting prevailing wages on federal projects in local areas and promoting high standards for the good of construction workers and their communities. State prevailing wage laws (also known as “little Davis-Bacon acts) provide similar protections on state funded projects. These laws help ensure that construction workers, including BAC members, are paid fair wages.

A wage rate is considered prevailing if more than 50 percent of the workers in a single classification are paid at the same rate. If, for example, 50 percent plus (+) one (1) of the bricklayers included in the survey were paid the BAC wage rate, then this would become the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage.

Protecting federal, state and local prevailing wage laws from repeal or dilution by conservative opponents funded by non-union business interests is one of BAC’s highest legislative and political priorities.


So-called “right to work” laws – intentionally misnamed by a network of nonunion business interests that have championed their passage – are currently in effect in 24 states. A more accurate name for these measures is “right-to-work-for-less,” because in practice, they have lowered wages, reduced benefits, diminished jobsite safety, and do not guarantee any “rights” that are not already offered under federal law. The average worker in a right-to-work-for-less state earns roughly $5,333 a year less than a worker in free-bargaining states (1).

In addition, states with so-called “right-to-work” laws are:

- More likely to be uninsured
- More likely to have higher poverty and infant mortality rates
- Have a higher rate of workplace deaths - 36% higher than other states
- Spending $3,392 less per pupil in elementary and secondary education

The true goal of these laws isn’t workers’ rights, but busting the union contract. So-called “right to work” laws say unions must represent all eligible employees, whether they pay dues or not. Unions are forced to expend time and members’ dues money to provide union benefits to workers who pay nothing and get all the benefits of union membership.

(1) Average Annual Pay, 2001 from Bureau of Labor Statistics, State average annual pay for 2000 and 2001 and percent change in pay for all covered workers.