Prevailing Wage Fight in Folsom

Building Trades Win Major Prevailing Wage Fight at Folsom City Council

December 15, 2010 - An overpowering display of union solidarity, with help from other enlightened community members, before the Folsom City Council Tuesday night resulted in an anti-prevailing wage measure going down to a crushing defeat.

Folsom is a charter city, enabling it to choose to exempt itself from state prevailing wage requirements. Council member Jeff Starsky submitted a motion to do just that. His motion failed to get a second from any of his four colleagues, and deservedly died!

Only three people, including known anti-union extremists, spoke in favor of the measure, and were overwhelmed by 25 speakers in opposition! They included Building Trades members, as well as contractors from CEA, MCA, SMACNA, NECA, and AGC, who made the convincing case that contractors get better quality results when they pay their workers the prevailing wage.

Kudos to council members Steve Miklos, Ernie Sheldon, Kerri Howell, and Mayor Andy Morin for recognizing that cutting workers' wages in their city would only lower the quality of life for the entire community.

Council member Miklos recognized SBCTC President Bob Balgenorth, and praised his leadership on behalf of California's working people. 

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