California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Prevailing Wage Case

February 29, 2012 - SBCTC v. City of Vista  The California Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument for April 4, 2012 in SBCTC v. City of Vista, the case that will decide whether charter cities are permitted to exempt their contractors from complying with the State's prevailing wage law.   The Supreme Court will issue its decision within 90 days of oral argument.

The State Building Trades filed this case to establish that the prevailing wage law addresses important statewide concerns with protecting area labor standards and promoting apprenticeship training and, therefore, applies to contractors on all public projects.

The California Legislature has adopted a joint resolution declaring its intent that the prevailing wage law apply to all public projects, including the projects of charter cities.  The California Attorney General (now Governor) filed an amicus brief agreeing that the prevailing wage law applies to charter city projects.  

Cities that have been contemplating the adoption of charters so as to cut wages for construction workers and deny apprenticeship training opportunities would be well advised to postpone further action until after the California Supreme Court's ruling.



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