The following is an insert from the May 17th, 2016 Detroit Free Press article ‘City prevailing wage laws ruled constitutional‘.
LANSING — In a case involving a contractors’ group and the City of Lansing, the Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that local prevailing wage laws — which require union-rate pay and benefits on city jobs — are constitutional.
The Associated Builders and Contractors sued Lansing in 2012 in an attempt to overturn the city’s prevailing wage ordinance as unconstitutional.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement praising “a landmark ruling for working people not just in Lansing, but across Michigan.”
“Prevailing wage policies help ensure Michigan has sufficient numbers of skilled construction workers by providing for training schools, fair pay that attracts good workers and benefits that keep them on the job,” said Bart Carrigan, cochair of Protect Michigan Jobs.