Prevailing Wisdom for Prevailing Wage

State Council President Harry Melander, President, MN Pipe Trades Crimmins, and Prof. John Remington, Labor Educaiton Service, are featured in this video by Tom Niemisto, MN 2020, about the benefits of prevailing wage. In the continuing attack on Minnesota’s middle class, conservatives are now targeting prevailing wage laws which ensure construction workers are fairly paid on state-funded projects.

Prevailing wages are good for Minnesota communities and the state overall. They allow contractors to more accurately bid jobs without undercutting labor costs and starting a “race to the bottom.” These salary standards also incentivize hiring the most skilled workers, ensuring cost-efficient construction.

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