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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
The Building Trades Training Centers are open to anyone, self funded.
Prevailing Wage ensures local contractors have a fair playing field against out of state contractors.
Safe workers and safe work sites increase productivity, reduce costs, and save lives.
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.
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.
National analyses of data on school construction costs show that prevailing wage laws do not have any statistically significant impact on cost.
ensuring our schools and infrastructure are built by contractors using skilled, trained workers, quality materials and technologies that increase productivity and reduce costs.
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.
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".
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.
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.
A Statewide debate is brewing surrounding the prevailing wage laws. Many opponents of the law feel that significant reductions would be realized if the government repealed these laws on a state level. But a breadth of research is appearing that is providing this theory false. Two recent studies by University of Utah Professor Peter Philips, the country's preeminent labor economist, reveal that repealing such laws will not produce labor cost savings, but will reduce worker salaries, benefits, and training while increasing the number of worker injuries.
Use of prevailing wage rates actually saves taxpayers' money by reducing public health costs and strengthening the local economy and tax base.
Prevailing wage laws provide significant benefits to workers, local economies and government efficiency. A brand new study by Dr. Peter Philips of the University of Utah has found no significant differences in labor costs between states with or without prevailing wage legislation.
Of the many positive ripple effects created by prevailing wage laws, perhaps the most significant is the impact on worker safety. Construction is a risky business, and workers face the threat of injury, occupational disease, or death on the job everyday. Studies have shown that prevailing wage laws encourage better training and the use of more experienced workers--both of which contribute to a safer work environment. This is important not only to members of our workforce but also to their families. Higher accident rates also increase workers' compensation costs and decrease productivity. The prevailing wage law and other laws that improve construction worker safety assure safer and more productive construction sites for our public works projects.