The following is an insert from the article Prevailing Wage Is a Veterans Issue written by Jon Soltz, the Co-Founder and Chairman of the 400,000+ supporter veterans group, VoteVets.org.
He served twice in Iraq — in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of US Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying logistics convoys with the 1st Armored Division. In 2000 he served as a tank Platoon Leader in the Kosovo Conflict.
Every May, we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s armed forces. Across our country, we’ll hear from politicians about the importance of “supporting our troops,” and “leaving no veteran behind.”
These are great soundbites, but fifteen years removed from 9/11—and in the wake of scandals at the VA, a mental health crisis that claims the lives of 22 veterans every day, and unacceptably high unemployment levels among our newest generation of returning warriors, it’s past time to define what this really means. Too often, actions simply don’t match the rhetoric.
A repeal of state prevailing wage laws would be an economic disaster for veterans—-costing nearly 65,000 veterans their jobs, nearly 24,000 their employer-based health coverage, and forcing nearly 8,000 Veteran-owned construction businesses to close their door – permanently. It would also impose a $3 billion pay cut on veterans nationwide, and increase the number of veteran construction workers living in poverty by 50 percent.
The most effective way to support Prevailing Wage in Michigan is to contact your lawmaker.