Rural districts target prevailing wage bill

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Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 9:45 am, Mon Apr 8, 2013.

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4 comments:

  • smith posted at 11:58 am on Sun, Apr 7, 2013.

    smith Posts: 361

    Davis Bacon which is the federal law establishing prevailing wage was enacted largely due to the Great Migration of blacks from the south to the north. Unions were afraid that contractors would use blacks instead of their members to reduce costs on jobs. The original intent was not quality work it was protecting union jobs. It still is.

     
  • Rabble_Rouser posted at 7:29 am on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    Rabble_Rouser Posts: 29

    The problem with this is there is not a local labor force in many of these rural districts qualified to do the work. This will result in firms from out of state to come in and do the work. Many of them will bring their own workforce. They may hire one or two locals just to placate the local district.

    Just look at a lot of the strip mall construction going on around here, none of the contractors are local. To me Davis/Bacon helps keep locality for the labor force.

     
  • smith posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Apr 8, 2013.

    smith Posts: 361

    The UMB/Panera complex was built by a local contractor. Many local contractors frequently go out of town to do work and bring the dollars back here. Many of the bidders on prevailing wage jobs are out of town contractors. The locals tend to be union shops. All Davis-Bacon does is drive up costs.

     
  • Rabble_Rouser posted at 8:00 am on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    Rabble_Rouser Posts: 29

    What does the UMB\Panera project have to do with rural school districts or this legislation? This legislation would not affect any projects in the SJSD because it is not a rural district.

    Actually you are quite wrong when you say many of the bidders of prevailing wage jobs are out of town. Just look at our recent SJSD bids all were prevailing wage all jobs came in UNDER budget and all the named contractors were local.

     

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