IBEW Opposes MN Prevailing Wage Provisions

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A bill that gets rid of the 8-hour workday for public projects and instead bases overtime on a 40-hour work week is facing union opposition. Under the bill employers would not have to pay overtime for a 12-hour day if the employee only works 40-hours in a week. Union members say the bill also lowers the “prevailing wage” by changing the way it is calculated. That change could effect non-union jobs as well.

Minnesota’s prevailing wage law (Minnesota Statutes 177.41 through 177.44) it requires employees working on state-funded construction projects or other projects covered by law be paid wage rates comparable to wages paid for similar work in the area where the project is located. House File 1476 would change that. According to IBEW workers, HF would weaken it and drive up construction costs.

“It’s just a way for them to make more profits and take it out of our pockets,” says IBEW member Steven Anderson.

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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