Anoka County repeals prevailing wage policy

by Steve Share - With no advance public notice or public hearing, the Anoka County board voted 4-2 Feb. 12 to rescind its 23-year-old policy supporting prevailing wage on county-funded construction projects. Commissioners voting for the repeal: chair Rhonda Sivarajah, Julie Braastad, Matt Look, Robyn West. Commissioners voting against the repeal: Jim Kordiak, Carol LeDoux. Absent: Scott Schulte. The prevailing wage policy had applied to county-funded construction projects costing more than $10,000. Read more »


By Mark Gruenberg,PAI Staff Writer -- The AFL-CIO Building Trades Department says the labor federation's Executive Council backs construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from the Montana-Canada border to the refineries of the Texas Gulf Coast. But there's one catch the department didn't mention:

The fed's Feb. 26 "Statement on Energy and Jobs" doesn't name Keystone. Read more »

Holiday Lights in the Park breaks records in attendance and charitable giving

The lights may be off, but the success of Holiday Lights in the Park continues to radiate a positive glow. The fifth edition of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Holiday Lights in the Park event produced in partnership with King of Kings Lutheran Church of Woodbury brought in record crowds and a new benchmark for donations collected for local charities. A record 20,478 cars visited St. Paul's Phalen Park to witness one of the area's biggest and brightest holiday lights displays. Read more »

Right the First Time

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From Brian Winkler @bwink110: PLA's in action in this video produced by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California. shows how paying prevailing wages supports our cities, counties, and the economy of our state by providing a trained and ready workforce that gets the job done right the first time. HIghlights the story of two library projects, in Gilroy and Palo Alto, where one paid the prevailing wage and the other didn't; see the vastly different results.


IRONY: The Guy Who Wants to Repeal Arkansas’ Prevailing Wage Represents Wal-Mart’s District

From Steve Cooper at We Party Patriots: When will enough be enough, huh?

When will taking every. possible. harmful. action to attack workers, wages and the welfare of the average American no longer be en vogue?

When will being so certain of the benefits of lower standards, less oversight, and a next-to-nothing future start getting lawmakers in trouble? Read more »

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