Redding City Council Abandons Charter Saves Prevailing Wage
Victory for Working People!
Prevailing Wage Saved!
June 8, 2011 - Working men and women in the Redding area in far Northern California won a great victory Tuesday night, when the Redding City Council voted 3-2 to abandon the process of becoming a charter city, an idea backed by anti-worker forces hoping to drive down wages by exempting the city from state prevailing wage laws.
Council members were provided information that proves that contrary to increasing costs, the prevailing wage creates long-term savings on public works projects by boosting productivity, efficiency, and quality of workmanship. Opponents also noted how the charter city process opened the door for local government abuse in cities such as Bell in the Los Angeles area.
A poll taken shortly before the council action showed 58 percent of Redding residents opposed to the charter idea, and only 23 in favor.
Congratulations to Mayor Missy McArthur, Vice Mayor Dick Dickerson, and council member Francie Sullivan for their votes to protect the area's working families. Council members Rick Bosetti and Patrick Jones were opposed.