SMW17 Fights to Close Prevailing Wage Loophole
by SMW17 | Jun 19, 2019 | News |
Massachusetts contractors are required to pay workers a prevailing wage on public projects. Prevailing wage laws help offer family-sustaining wages while ensuring quality work without sticker shock. However, the law unfairly excludes workers who are pre-assembling and fabricating the materials off-site.
It’s a glaring loophole, and we’re fighting to close it.
Business Manger Bob Butler recently joined with the other major building trades to testify on Beacon Hill. He urged lawmakers to stand up for working families, and to pass H.1599, a bill that would close the off-site loophole.
Local 17 Business Manager Bob Butler testifying at the State House on Tuesday.
Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12 Business Manager Harry Brett testifying at the State House on Tuesday.
As part of our campaign, we also hosted legislators for a tour of the Cannistraro fabrication facility. Legislators were able to see first-hand the importance of our work, and hear why we need their leadership on this critical issue. We’ll continue our advocacy until the bill is passed.
FIRST ROW (L to R): State Rep. Chynah Tyler, President John C. Cannistraro, Jr., State Rep. Steve Ultrino, State Rep. Pete Capano, State Rep. Marjorie Decker, Pipefitters Local 537 Business Manager Brian Kelly, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Secretary-Treasurer Russell Bartash, State Rep. Dan Cullinane SECOND ROW (L to R): State Rep. Bill Driscoll, Tim Fandel, Plumbers and Gasfitters Business Agent, State Rep. David Biele, State Rep. Tackey Chan, Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Business Manager Bob Butler, State Rep. Carmine Gentile, Sprinklerfitters Local 550 Business Manager Peter Gibbons, CEO David Cannistraro
Bobby Butler, second from left, with Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 12 Business Manager Peter Gibbons, State Rep. and H.1599 sponsor Tackey Chan of Quincy, and Pipefitters Local 537 Business Manager Brian Kelly.