Maine working families have scored major victories after key labor measures were signed into law this week.

Public works projects, now defined as those receiving at least $50,000 of state funding, are now required to pay the prevailing wage. Workers building our bridges, schools, airports and more will now receive fair, equal compensation for their work — regardless of their gender or ethnic background.

Governor Janet Mills, surrounded by area labor leaders, signs LD 1658, which requires public works projects to pay all prevailing wage, into law.


Maine Senate President and Brother in Labor (IUPAT) Troy Jackson’s leadership helped spur passage of laws that ensure Project Labor Agreements are enforced on public construction projects and hold employers committing wage theft accountable.

These are wins that protect workers, support families, and build stronger economies and communities. We are proud that Local 17 Organizer Donald Nazaroff and labor leaders from the Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council have led this process every step of the way.

Thank you to Senate President Jackson and Governor Janet Mills for standing up for working families. We look forward to seeing other states in the region follow your example!