Let’s keep good jobs and highly trained workers where they belong, right here in Michigan.

The most effective way to protect Michigan workers is to contact your Representative and urge them to protect Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law.

What is the Prevailing Wage Law?

Prevailing Wage is a historic American practice establishing minimum labor standards on public projects that dates back over 100 years.

Michigan’s prevailing wage law mandates that construction workers on state-financed construction projects are paid fair, standardized wages and benefits. Projects such as the Flint’s Bishop International Airport, the Michigan State Police headquarters and primary and secondary schools across the state were all built using prevailing wage.  

Under prevailing wage, both union and non-union workers are able to securely provide for their families.

The Prevailing Wage law also allows for safety and training programs that are rigorous and hands-on. With prevailing wage in place, Michigan’s skilled tradespeople can safely build the vital infrastructure our state needs with craftsmanship and quality.

Protect Prevailing Wage

National research confirms prevailing wage laws benefits as well as the consequences of repealing them. Research shows that repealing prevailing wage laws leads to:  

  • Higher injury rates on construction sites
  • A less educated and experienced workforce
  • Lower wages that push workers out of the middle-class
  • Less workforce training; a more dangerous workplace
  • Reduced healthcare and pension coverage

We’ve done this before: Michigan suspended prevailing wage in 1994 and construction costs were not significantly reduced.

Real Perspectives

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What's at Stake?

Senate Bills 1, 2 & 3 would lower the pay of Michigan’s construction workers and reduce training for skilled trades men and women by eliminating the state’s Prevailing Wage law. We should be working to close the skills gap and make sure good jobs stay here instead of sending them to out-of-state contractors and workers who don’t contribute to Michigan’s economy.

Let’s keep good jobs and highly trained workers where they belong, right here in Michigan.

What People are Saying

What is the Impact?

Michigan’s prevailing wage law helps hard-working, skilled local workers on public construction projects earn a decent wage to support their families. The law directly benefits our local economy by creating jobs, generating economic activity and growing the local tax base. Prevailing wage construction projects support apprenticeship and job training programs that provide Michiganders with middle class career options.  

 

Without Prevailing Wage laws these educational programs will suffer. Michigan’s economy is finally turning around, and prevailing wages help foster a skilled workforce and further strengthen our great state. Prevailing Wage laws promote competition and rewards productivity, value and quality. Most importantly, it rewards contractors who do quality work rather than those who simply pay the lowest wages.

Poll: Voters Want to Keep Prevailing Wage Law


More than half of likely Michigan voters surveyed said they want to keep the state’s prevailing wage laws that require local union wages be paid to construction workers on publicly financed projects.

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Source: Detroit News | June 2015

What You Can Do

The most effective way to protect Michigan workers is to contact your Representative and urge them to protect Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law.

Michigan Prevails has written a letter on behalf of Prevailing Wage Supporters that you can sign and send to your Representative.

Did You Know?

9700

Skilled Trade Jobs Eliminated in Michigan

If Michigan’s PWL is Repealed

Smart Cities Prevail

25%

%

More Construction Related Fatalities

In States Without Prevailing Wage Laws

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, 1976-99

4300

Blue-Collar Workers Earning below the Official Poverty Line

If Michigan’s PWL is Repealed

Smart Cities Prevail

When people are trying to push down our wages even more, it's going to be impossible to have a truly professional, experienced workforce building the major buildings in our city and state.

-US Marines Veteran and Michigan Bricklayer

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