CLOSE THE PREVAILING WAGE LOOPHOLE
Across the Commonwealth, contractors are circumventing the state’s prevailing wage laws, thanks to a glaring loophole that allows them to pay workers on public construction projects as little as possible. We’ve fought this loophole at the Massachusetts State House before. Now, we have the chance to end it for good.
Two bills, H.2046 and S.1189, co-sponsored by Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-10th Norfolk) and Senator Paul Feeney (D-Bristol and Norfolk), have been introduced to close the prevailing wage loophole and stop rewarding companies over workers. We must pass these bills to protect these workers and ensure that public projects are constructed safely, professionally, solidly, and fairly.
WHY WE NEED TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE
- Prevailing wage provides a living wage to working families and ensures that municipalities and taxpayers get high-quality work.
- Right now, the prevailing wage loophole rewards companies by allowing them to shortchange workers.
- It hurts local contractors who offer industry-leading wages and benefits and prioritize diversity and inclusion.
- It cheats working families, who are forced to live and get by on less, just because of where they report to work.
Currently, we have 72 co-sponsors, but we need to ensure that this bill is swiftly and favorably passed by the Labor & Workforce Development Committee.
SPEAK UP FOR WORKING FAMILIES
Use the talking points above to contact your representatives and tell them to pass H.2046 and S.1189 today.
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