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Repeal of Prevailing Wage has hurt West Virginia Construction Workers

A recent study showed the repeal of Prevailing Wage laws in West Virginia negatively impacted the state’s construction workers and did not save taxpayers money.

The data in this study, conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI), validated the conclusion reached by the School Building Authority of West Virginia in 2017 that the “repeal of West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage law has had no statistically significant effect on school construction costs.”

This new UMKC-MEPI study showed the loss of Prevailing Wage resulted in minimal wage
savings on new-build school projects, which were outweighed by change orders and poor craftsmanship. Continue reading →

Prevailing Wage Under Attack in Ohio

Certain Ohio lawmakers have the state’s Prevailing Wage set in their cross-hairs, as they look to repeal the decades old law aimed at providing fair wages to construction workers on government projects.

House Bill 78, which is primarily sponsored by State Reps. Craig Riedel (R-Defiance) and Susan Manchester (R – Lakeview) proposes to give local governments, special districts, college and universities the ability to opt out of paying Prevailing Wage on construction projects. Continue reading →

Duffey Retires as Secretary-Treasurer of State Building Trades Council

Dennis Duffey, who served the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council for nearly a decade as Secretary-Treasurer, retired on Sept. 1.

Duffey, who during his 45-year career served as the IBEW Local 8 Business Manager and past President of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio. Continue reading →