PROTECTING WORKERS WAGES IN MICHIGAN

  • Health Care Coverage
  • Sound Pension Programs
  • Highly Skilled Productive Workforce
  • Self Funded Training

COMMUNITIES & WORKERS BENEFIT

Today Michigan's Prevailing Wage law is under heavy attack by ill-informed legislators.

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COST

No Increased Cost

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COMMUNITY IMPACT

Local Jobs for Local Workforce

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SAFETY & TRAINING

Safest Most Productive Workforce

THE TRUE FACTS

FROM DAVIS-BACON TO MICHIGAN’S PREVAILING WAGE ACT

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Sen. James J. Davis (R–PA) and Rep. Robert L. Bacon (R–NY-1), the co-sponsors of the Davis–Bacon Act.
The Idea of a “Prevailing Wage”: A Brief History

The idea of legislating a prevailing wage law began in the late 19th Century as a way to assist workers trying to support themselves and their families. Initially, the rationale was poignant but limited: to lessen the economic exploitation of an ever-growing number of hourly wage workers. A second reason that later gained broad, public support – and the one most often voice by political reformers – was that forcing workers to work for low wages was contrary to the nation’s goal of raising the standard of living for all Americans.

PREVAILING WAGE AT WORK

AFTER KANSAS REPEALED THEIR PREVAILING WAGE

% Wages Fell By
% Benefit Loss
% Reduction in Apprentice Training
% Serious Injuries Rise

Prevailing Wage Laws help ensure more then just a Standard of Living

Worker Funded Apprenticeship Training

The Building Trades Training Centers are open to anyone, self funded.

Local Participation

Prevailing Wage ensures local contractors have a fair playing field against out of state contractors.

Safety

Safe workers and safe work sites increase productivity, reduce costs, and save lives.

PREVAILING WAGE

PROTECTING TAXPAYERS, WORKERS AND BUSINESSES

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Prevailing wage laws benefit consumers

Research shows that prevailing wage laws lead to more workers training, a more skilled workforce, safer construction and worksites and more savings for taxpayers since workers depend less on taxpayer-funded programs.

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Prevailing wage laws protect workers and businesses

Prevailing wage laws ensure our tax dollars are used to create jobs for local workers, not given to fly-by-night contractors who hire untrained, unskilled and undocumented workers in an effort to underbid established businesses. This in turn protects established businesses whose focus is public workers projects, who hire the required skilled workers and who are already paying their employees wages at or near the prevailing wage.

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Prevailing wage laws do NOT increase construction costs

National analyses of data on school construction costs show that prevailing wage laws do not have any statistically significant impact on cost.

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Prevailing wage laws promote accountability

ensuring our schools and infrastructure are built by contractors using skilled, trained workers, quality materials and technologies that increase productivity and reduce costs.

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MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR!

Find your State Representative at www.house.michigan.gov
Find your State Senator at
www.senate.michigan.gov
Call Governor Snyder at
517.373.3400

Prevailing wages are critical to Michigan’s economic future, job growth and fair competition.
Ending them is a step backwards.

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TESTIMONIALS

  • Paying a prevailing wage attracts skilled, safe and productive workers who ensure projects are done on time and on budget, saving costs for taxpayers. Our employees receive training upgrades and regularly renew their certifications. They are educated in the latest technology and techniques in response to market demands and trends.

    James Cowhy President Cowhy Hayes Construction
  • Prevailing wage laws  allow local small business's and local workers an opportunity to work on projects in their communities. These laws help in  protecting our local communities  from traveling, fly by night contractors who often  use an unskilled  transient workforce,  take the money and run,  do shoddy work, while bringing  no value at all to the area.  Local contractors who pay prevailing wage support thousands of workers who live in a community, pay taxes, eat at local restaurants, shop at local stores, and  send their children to local schools.  Money that is spent locally can be reinvested over and over as local businesses and their workers reinvest in their communities by simply LIVING there. Prevailing wage laws have been effective for a long time for good reason. These laws assure that small business and local workers receive a "living wage".

    Mark King President Bricklayers Local 2 Michigan
  • If the critics of prevailing wage laws were actually and truly concerned with the cost of school construction, they would be putting on the table all the various possibilities that are available to save on school construction costs.

    Peter Philips Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Utah
  • The first myth that must be debunked immediately is that prevailing wages increase cost. Not true. Prevailing wages are what help make all this training happen, and that’s why our company and many others are committed to it. When Michigan suspended its prevailing wage laws in the 1990s, school construction costs showed no difference before or after.

    Peter Cockshaw Editor and Publisher, Cockshaw's Construction Labor News

Prevailing Wage

Working in your Community

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Family Friendly

Protected Michigan's workforce and economy by
a. making sure that workers are paid fully for their work (no "forced kickbacks")
b. ensuring the existence of established businesses
c. paying prevailing wages and providing fringe benefits -- an essential element to retaining our state's current skilled workforce and to attracting new entrants into the construction trades.
d. making it worthwhile for the state's contractors and unions to invest the millions of dollars annually in training workers, conducting apprenticeship programs, upgrading worker skills, and building scores of state-of the-art training facilities.

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Michigan's Prevailing Wage Union and Non represented workers

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act P.A. 166 establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects for construction workers,both union and non represented workers in Michigan. It applies to “contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works projects.

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Full Length

It's in our best interest to insure that we KEEP Michigan's prevailing wage -- NOT REPEAL IT!
PA 166 assures state construction contractors remain competitive
- by keeping construction costs low and of quality high
- by expending LESS taxpayer dollars, NOT MORE
- and by preserving our State's economy.