Funding For Unfair Wage Survey Removed From State Budget

Building Trades Opposes Survey That Could Depress Wages

May 26, 2010 - One day after a Senate budget subcommittee removed funding for the Department of Industrial Relations' Central Valley residential prevailing wage survey from the state budget, an Assembly budget subcommittee took the same action last night. The agreement of the two houses of the Legislature removes funding for the study from the budget conference committee process. That ensures that the funding will not be in the final budget that goes to the Governor.

The survey involves 18 Central Valley counties: Butte, Colusa, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Yolo, and Yuba. We objected to the survey because using results compiled during a recession could unfairly depress prevailing wage rates for years to come. Building Trades legislative advocates urged subcommittee members to remove the unfair study's funding.

The subcommittee actions are very positive steps forward, but the final victory will be achieved only when a budget without the study's funding is signed.

We will continue to intensely oppose the DIR survey and communicate all progress made and the final outcome. For more information, contact SBCTC legislative advocates Jay Hansen or Cesar Diaz at (916) 443-3302.


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