San Mateo and Mountain View Enact Laws Requiring Prevailing Wage

November 6, 2014 - Cities across California continue to respond to the State Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored Senate Bill 7, by taking action to protect their state construction funding by specifying that prevailing wage must be paid on municipal public works contracts.

Two neighboring San Francisco Bay area cities -- San Mateo and Mountain View—took actions in October.

The San Mateo City Council enacted an ordinance that codified existing policies, to pay prevailing wage on public works projects, and it further encouraged private developers to follow suit. Council members were quoted in news accounts saying that the policy protects local workers by preventing contractors from importing lower-paid workers from other regions and states where the cost of living and wages are lower. Congratulations to the San Mateo Building Trades Council with the leadership of Business Manager Bill Nack in recognition of their hard work on moving this issue.

The Mountain View City Council enacted an ordinance that clarified that prevailing wage must be paid for work on construction projects, as well as “maintenance, repair, alteration, and demolition” work. Council members stated they felt it wise to consistently pay prevailing wage to all workers on city projects, to comply fully with the state law. Congratulations to the Santa Clara, San Benito Building Trades Council and Chief Executive Officer Josue Garcia in recognition of their hard work on moving this issue.

SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “It is gratifying to see more cities responding to our legislation and guaranteeing that their workers earn prevailing wage, bolstering the regional economy. These cities’ residents will enjoy the benefits and quality-built projects that will last for decades and beyond, that a streamlined highly-skilled workforce and prevailing wage bring about. The bottom line is, prevailing wage is a wise investment that pays for itself many times over.”


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