prevailing wage

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects.  

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature. 

The unions say the petition campaign broke the rules. Union officials say they’re trying to preserve state and local laws that require construction companies to pay union-scale wages on taxpayer-funded projects, but they say the issue is the integrity of petition circulators. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A partisan split on a state election board has stalled a petition drive to outlaw prevailing wage rules in Michigan. 

Non-union builders and some prominent business groups, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, want to outlaw prevailing wage. They launched a petition drive that takes aim at rules adopted by the state and many local governments. Those rules require contractors to pay union-scale wages on publicly funded projects.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's elections bureau says enough signatures have been gathered for ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use and repeal a law requiring higher wages on state construction projects. 

The Board of State Canvassers will meet Thursday to consider certifying the petitions after the bureau released staff reports Monday. If the bipartisan board agrees with the findings, the proposed legislation will go to the Republican-led Legislature.

If legislators do not act within 40 days, the proposals will get a statewide vote in November.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects wants the state to certify its petitions without pulling a larger sample to review. 

The Board of State Canvassers met Tuesday to discuss the request.

Earlier this month, the elections bureau said it would move to a second stage of sampling because of 535 signatures reviewed, 370 were valid. That is just shy of the 373 required by a statistical model to automatically be recommended for approval.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A group pushing to repeal Michigan's law that requires higher "prevailing" wages on state-financed construction projects may be short signatures — again. 

The state elections bureau said Tuesday that of 535 signatures sampled, 370 are valid. That's shy of the 373 required by a statistical model.

Officials will next pull a larger sample of 4,000 signatures to review.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A union-led petition drive will launch Tuesday to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive. 

That could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.

The skilled trade unions are trying to make sure contractors continue to pay union-level wages on state-funded construction projects. A petition drive to ban prevailing wage turned in its signatures last month to put the question to the Legislature.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says cities and villages have the power to determine wages on public construction projects. 

The court overturned a decision from 1923, saying it was trumped 40 years later by powers given to local government in the Michigan Constitution.

The Supreme Court opinion came Tuesday in a case involving Lansing and a construction trade group. Associated Builders and Contractors sued Lansing after the capital city approved an ordinance that tied wages on public projects to prevailing pay and benefits in the Lansing area.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The best chance advocates have to save a Michigan law that promises better wages on public works projects is if Republican legislators ignore a petition initiative and instead let voters decide the fate of prevailing wage.  

The statute requires workers on government construction projects to be paid local wage and benefit rates based on union contracts. Governor Rick Snyder supports the law as a way to address a shortage of skilled tradespeople.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State House Democrats want to protect Michigan’s prevailing wage law as part of a road funding deal.

It appears Republican leaders are seeking Democratic votes to pass a plan, although hopes to get legislation approved this week fell apart late Wednesday night after hours of negotiations.

Prevailing wage guarantees union-level pay and benefits to workers on publicly-funded construction projects. Democrats want to stop a petition drive that would repeal the law.