Prevailing Wage

What is Prevailing Wage

California's prevailing wage law was enacted more than 50 years ago, by Governor Goodwin Knight. It's known as the Little Davis-Bacon Act. The original federal Davis-Bacon Act was passed in 1931. (Read More)

The History of Prevailing Wage

Prevailing wage drives the wages in the construction industry for both public works and private projects, union and non union and in key industrie such as construction, the destruction of a strong wage base and accompanying benefits can have disastrous ripple effects on the economy of entire regions and states. (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Saves Costs

May 26, 2011 - A new study from Working Partnerships USA, and funded by the construction industry, has found that the payment of prevailing wage on public works projects in San Jose has provided an array of economic benefits to the region while actually lowering overall construction costs (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Fight in Folsom

December 15, 2010 - An overpowering display of union solidarity, with help from other enlightened community members, before the Folsom City Council Tuesday night resulted in an anti-prevailing wage measure going down to a crushing defeat. (Read More)

Funding For Unfair Wage Survey Removed From State Budget

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. (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Court Victory for SBCTC

August 10, 2006 - In a big win for construction workers, the San Francisco Superior Court agreed with the SBCTC that developers who receive state low-income housing tax credits to subsidize a construction project must pay prevailing wages to the workers on the project. (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Requirement Does Not Violate Federal Law

June 28, 2006 - The State Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled this week that government agencies in California can require the payment of prevailing wages on private projects but that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) did not give utilities sufficient time to comment on a prevailing wage proposal. (Read More)

SBCTC Victory for Labor Compliance Programs

February 16, 2006 - The Building Trades scored a major legislative victory on a prevailing wage issue this week when the Assembly Education Committee voted unanimously to include a provision in an upcoming $10 billion school bond that will require school district construction projects built with bond money to have labor compliance programs (LCPs). (Read More)

SBCTC Wins Prevailing Wage Victory On Redevelopment Projects

December 14, 2005 - The State Building Trades recently won a prevailing wage victory before the State Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that will have implications for redevelopment projects. (Read More)

Republicans Attack Federal Prevailing Wages

July 22, 2003 - Republicans in the U.S. Congress have introduced a bill to repeal the federal Davis-Bacon Act, effectively destroying prevailing wage requirements, sponsored by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). (Read More)

The Facts About Prevailing Wages

Prevailing Wage studies have examined the impact of the payment of prevailing wages and benefits throughout the United States. You can learn more about the results from major studies (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Laws and the California Economy

February 1996 - Public sector construction can continue to support economic growth only if institutional features specific to the construction industry labor market remain in place so that it can perform efficiently. These institutions involve the continuing ready availability of a supply of skilled construction labor and of efficient means to match workers and jobs. Prevailing wage laws, union hiring halls and structured apprenticeship training have constituted critical components of these institutions, and more so in California than in many other states in the nation. (Read More)

Prevailing Wage Studies

Scores of studies have examined the impact of the payment of prevailing wages and benefits throughout the United States. Major studies are summarized follow (Read More)

Supreme Court Denies to Hear Appeal - Court Decision Finalized: Prevailing Wage Required if Any Publ

October 19, 2011 - The California Supreme Court has declined to consider an appeal to an important Appellate Court ruling from 2010 upholding the requirement that prevailing wage be paid on public improvements performed by private contractors if any part of the project is financed with public funds. The California Court of Appeals made that ruling in December 2010 in Azusa Land Partners v. Department of Industrial Relations, and this week the California Supreme Court declined to hear the developer's appeal. (Read More)

The Fight to Keep Prevailing Wages

June 1, 1999 - Governor Gray Davis made history when he signed a bill that requires the Department of Industrial Relations to use the modal rate method to determine prevailing wage rates on public works jobs in California. (Read More)

SB 975: What It Does for Unions..

SB 975, Section 1720 of the Labor Code, was signed by Governor Gray Davis in 2001, and became law on January 1, 2002. This new law makes a wide variety of work subject to the payment of prevailing wages. (Read More)

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