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STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments

STUDY: Repealing MI Prevailing Wage Would Cut 11,000 Jobs, $1.7B from GDP, $700M of Investments
A new study titled The Cost of Repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Policy provides new data about the law’s true impact on total construction costs and economic activity. As we wrote earlier this month, despite the incredibly strong voter support for the current prevailing wage law, the state GOP is pushing a repeal agenda. The new study shows that repeal would kill jobs and hamper the state’s economy.
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L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.

L.A. Project Will Create 6K Jobs, Become 6th LEED Platinum-Certified High-Rise in U.S.
The Los Angeles City Council recently approved the Century City Center, a 37-story development project that will become only the sixth LEED Platinum-certified high-rise in the nation. It will be built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). The project was delayed by intense scrutiny from critics despite estimates that it will create 6,000 high-quality jobs.
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Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working

Construction Union Membership Rises; “Value-Centric, Trusted Community Partner” Approach Working
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the percentage of the workforce represented by a union fell to 11.1%, down from 11.3% the previous year. Overall, 14.6 million Americans belonged to a union in 2014.
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Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
The Association of Builders and Contractors (a lobbying group for business OWNERS, not actually the CONSTRUCTION WORKERS themselves) is contemplating a legal suit against President Obama's executive order forbidding chronic workplace regulation violators from obtaining federal contracts.
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TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job

TX Construction Workers 12% More Likely to Be Killed on the Job
Days after the Texas Workforce Commission praised the economy as strong in part due to the strength of the construction industry, the Dallas Morning News ran a weekend feature about the dangers of construction in the Lone Star State. Their investigative report echoes past arguments made by the Workers Defense Project and the AFL-CIO. In that booming economy, the state's construction sites are 22 percent deadlier than the national average.
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Top 10? Try Bottom of the Barrel. States Ranked by Infrastructure Woes

Top 10? Try Bottom of the Barrel. States Ranked by Infrastructure Woes
File this under "Shooting Yourself in the Foot." The states with the worst infrastructure woes are the very same ones with representatives trying to make it even worse. Republicans are refusing to budge, and their intransigence is allowing the Highway Trust Fund to run alarmingly low.
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Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site

Using Allowance to Pay His Dues: 13-Year-Old Spotted Working at School Construction Site
Teachers and laborers want answers after it was discovered that a minor was working on the $880,000 expansion of Cornelia Elementary in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Union reps who had been monitoring the worksite snapped photos of a young boy, age 13 or 14, performing dangerous work including operating a bobcat without proper safety gear.
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Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining

Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining
Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys. The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the bill have fallen along party lines:
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Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
The Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012, when he cut funding to new applications, thus stalling 354 projects in various stages of construction and capital across the Commonwealth. The state’s Department of Education has estimated that it would take at least $1.6 billion to reimburse all projects.
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Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid

Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid
In response to a Seattle Times article that looked into Boeing’s plan to capture an extra $100 million annually by transferring 1,100 jobs from their Puget Sound facility to a “Right-to-Work” state, Mill Creek, Washington, resident and union carpenter Ed Armstrong penned an impassioned defense of prevailing wages and skilled labor. In “Quality Workers are Worth Paying For,” Armstrong explains how anti-union resentment creates a negative, local trickle-down effect and is ageist.
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