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Pot, meet kettle

November 10, 2013

James Beamer of the IBEW union accuses the Sun-Gazette of spreading misinformation about prevailing wage laws. Pot, meet kettle....

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Nov-10-13 7:47 AM

This is one that I cannot agree with, there are many studies that show the opposite. Those studies Mr. Russo cites leave out very important data, they ignore research based on experience in states that have repealed these laws. Prevailing wage laws have long operated as a check and balance against an industry, the construction industry, that tends to degenerate into destructive wage and price competition. This type of competition drives skilled workers from the industry, reduces productivity and reduces quality. Lack of prevailing wage laws leads to poverty-level jobs, without saving government any money and costs government more on the social welfare end. Claims by opponents of prevailing wage laws ignore research based on real-world experience in states that have repealed prevailing wage laws. Repealing prevailing wage laws does nothing to help the worker only works to fill the company coffers.

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Nov-10-13 7:59 AM

I am in the specialty construction industry. My company has both union and non-union branches to accommodate projects requiring either.

It is a total load of BS that wages degenerate without prevailing wage laws. I live this everyday.

I have also found that some of our operational units in areas like New York, cannot compete with our unionized operational groups in South New Jersey on price.

There are many factors involved here.

Lastly, with regard to safety, we have a single safety group that covers both union and non-union, holding them to the highest standards.

In today's world, if your safety record is poor, you will not get work.

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Nov-10-13 8:03 AM

Mr. Russo only cited conservative organizations research on prevailing wage laws.

Independent studies show what Carl posted is accurate.

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Nov-10-13 8:24 AM

eriklatranyi - The data is the data. I have taken all sides of this issue that is why as a conservative I will step on the elitist Republicans toes on this. They are no more truthful than elitists liberals. I have read and absorbed the studies done on both sides and I will stand by the fact that the Republican claims, not necessarily the conservative, "ignore research based on real-world experience in states that have repealed prevailing wage laws." Corporatism at its finest.

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Nov-10-13 3:10 PM


The problem is gov't corruption in those studies, not the repeal of the prevailing wage laws.

Even under the prevailing wage system, corruption leads to contracts that should not be awarded.

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