Construction Workers, Contractors & Allies Hold Presser to Oppose Anti-Worker Proposal to Increase Prevailing Wage Threshold

On Tuesday, February 21, at 2:00 PM, construction workers, contractors, legislators, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, and the Mayors of Middletown and New London will hold a press conference to oppose the proposed changes to the prevailing wage threshold law in Connecticut.

The prevailing wage refers to the rate of pay that must be paid to construction workers on public works projects. The rate, set by the U.S. Department of Labor, protects in-state contractors, employees, and local economies from unscrupulous companies who profit off the backs of labor by paying low wages and underinvesting in apprenticeship and safety training.

Under current law, the prevailing wage applies on public construction projects for renovations over $100,000 and new construction over $400,000. The proposals would increase the threshold at which the prevailing wage would apply to $500,000 on renovations (a 400% increase) and $1,000,000 on new construction (a 150% increase).

Following the press conference, there will be a public hearing in the Labor & Public Employees Committee on the proposals at 3:00 PM in Room 2E.

Hundreds of construction workers will be in attendance, including plumbers, sheet metal workers, roofers, painters, ironworkers, electrical workers, operating engineers, and more.

What: Construction workers, contractors, and pro-worker officials to hold press conference to oppose the proposed changes to the prevailing wage threshold

When: Tuesday, February 21, at 2:00 PM

Where: Legislative Office Building Room 1A

Who: Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council
Local contractors
Construction workers and apprentices
Mayors & state legislators
Connecticut AFL-CIO
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Click here for a full list of speakers

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