Michigan Lawmakers Consider Repealing Prevailing Wages

06/03/2015 // Keller Grover LLP // (press release)

Lansing, MI—Michigan construction workers may see a pay cut if a group of Republican state lawmakers have their way. Hearings are scheduled with the Senate’s Michigan Competitiveness Committee, who will discuss three bills that would repeal prevailing wages on state taxpayer projects, reports California wage and hour lawyer Eric Grover of the Keller Grover law firm.

Lawmakers want to repeal prevailing wages for state projects, which would affect 5 percent of road projects within the state; this is because most of the road projects are partially funded by federal dollars, and the Davis-Bacon Act mandates that those workers be paid prevailing wages.

Under current laws, workers on state taxpayer funded construction projects must be paid union-scale wages.

Those in favor of the repeal believe that prevailing wages drive up the cost of construction projects, which the taxpayers must foot the bill for.

But Governor Rick Snyder says he does not support the idea of repealing prevailing wages. "He didn't support it in his first four years, and he doesn't support it in his second term," said Dave Murray, spokesman for Snyder to the Detroit Free Press.

“Prevailing wages were adopted to ensure that workers were being fairly compensated on taxpayer-funded projects, which their own tax dollars went to support,” says Grover. “Repealing this law would only put working families at a disadvantage by taking away wages that are supporting their families and future state projects (http://www.cawagehourlaw.com/overtime-violations_21.html).”

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