IBEW Opposes MN Prevailing Wage Provisions By Allison Herrera | March 29, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Economy/Jobs Subscribe to Economy/Jobs Click on Photo to View Video Click on Photo to View VideoA 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. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.