San Diego City Council Approves Prevailing Wage on Municipal Projects

July 31, 2013 - Great Job, San Diego Workers!  Congratulations to the San Diego Building Trades Council, in recognition of the hard work of Business Manager Tom Lemmon, all area affiliates and workers and their allies, for a great victory. This week, the San Diego City Council, on a 5-4 vote, approved a measure that provides prevailing wage on all municipal projects, effective January 1, 2014.

Local media reports reflected the heavy pro-worker outpouring of support to the city council. Council members who supported the measure – Democrats David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole, Marti Emerald, Todd Gloria and Sherri Lightner – all said they were swayed by the need to create a strong middle class economy, and the desire for the highest quality of workmanship on local construction projects. The Mayor, who made the prevailing wage proposal, issued a statement saying the decision to pay a fair, livable wage to the hard working men and women in the construction business is long overdue. The four Republicans on the council opposed the prevailing wage measure.

Congratulations to the workers of San Diego, and to all whose energetic, unified efforts helped deliver this great victory.


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