SBCTC Releases Newly-Produced Video on Prevailing Wage: “Right the First Time”

November 15, 2012 - The State Building Trades Council is proud to announce its latest video production, Right the First Time, is available on the web. This video shows how paying prevailing wages supports our cities, counties and the California economy by ensuring a trained and ready workforce that gets the job done right the first time.

The video highlights the story of library projects in Gilroy and Palo Alto.  Gilroy paid prevailing wage and its project was on-time and under budget.  Palo Alto did not pay prevailing wage, had numerous problems and the project has been delayed by at least a year.

We also hear from:

Malcolm Dougherty, Director of CalTrans, says his agency — and California’s driving public — relies on the trained workforce to complete complicated bridge and highway projects in short windows of time.  “This is not a time to be training people. That’s why we pay the prevailing wage.”

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster,who presides over a charter city that does not need to pay prevailing wages, says his city does because the wages enable local workers to have good careers and the work is done right.  “That building is going to be there for 60, 70, 80 maybe 90 years, and you want to make sure it performs the way you designed it. You do that by having the people who build it be highly skilled. That’s what prevailing wage does.”

Contractors Gary Janco ofCC Myers, Inc. andCindy McMackin ofPan Pacific Plumbing and Mechanical, both leaders of large and highly-reputable companies, say that paying the prevailing wage enables them to hire the best-trained and motivated workforce, and that they won’t even bid on non-prevailing wage jobs.

University of Colorado economist Kevin Duncan conducted the Gilroy/Palo Alto study and has studied the impact of the prevailing wage across the nation.  “When a city decides to build a public works project, a prevailing wage law will help keep more of that local tax money in the area and the jobs that are associated with that public works project in the area as well. That’s the genius of the prevailing wage.”

Over the past few years, anti-union forces have been encouraging cities across California to seek to become “charter cities” so that they are no longer required to pay prevailing wages. This 10-minute video illustrates why that move harms local economies while it all too often results in shoddy and/or delayed products.

To watch the video, click here. For DVDs or more information, call 916-443-3302.

 

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