What is a
Prevailing wage is a pay rate that must be paid to Wisconsin workers on qualifying publicly funded construction projects.
This rate guarantees that contractors in the marketplace compete based on skill and productivity – not on how little they pay their workforce.
Prevailing Wage = The Wisconsin Wage
Protecting Wisconsin’s labor market from low-paid, out-of-state workers should be a priority for all elected officials. When Indiana weakened its prevailing wage law, it wasn’t long before its workers were losing out on jobs to workers from across the border.
Most people would agree that honest work deserves an honest wage. The construction industry houses some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Dangerous and difficult construction from welding, plumbing, pipe fitting, trench work, operating heavy machinery, rigging, and electrical wiring not only risk the safety of the worker, but risks our public safety when done by untrained low-skill workers.
Fair Pay for
PROTECTS YOU, THE TAXPAYER
KEEPS WISCONSIN SAFE
It comes down to one simple question: Do you want our bridges and schools built by untrained workers or by Wisconsin’s highly-skilled workforce? We can’t put our safety – and the safety of our children – in the hands of low-wage, unskilled, out-of -state workers. When proud Wisconsin workers are on the job – workers who are trained to be the most productive, skilled, and efficient in the business – we ensure quality work.
When the government spends taxpayer dollars on public projects, the job needs to be done right the first time – on time and on budget. Eliminating Prevailing Wage for public construction projects and settling for untrained labor will cost Wisconsin taxpayers in the end, leading to safety risks and costly repairs of jobs that weren’t built correctly from the start. PW help make sure our tax dollars are used wisely and ensure quality results.
Out-of-state contractors are looking to take advantage of recent changes to Wisconsin laws. Their goal is to import low-skilled, untrained workers who will displace high-skilled Wisconsin workers while putting our safety at risk. Projects paid with Wisconsin taxpayers’ money should go to projects built by Wisconsin workers. Plain and simple. We need to foster a Wisconsin economy built by us, for us.
KEEPS JOBS LOCAL
THE WISCONSIN WAY
PUT WISCONSIN JOBS FIRST
State Legislators are in back room budget negotiations RIGHT NOW deciding the fate of Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Law.
Repeal of Prevailing Wage would cost thousands of Wisconsin construction workers their jobs and cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than $300 million per year.
Find your legislator right now at http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov or call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472 and tell them to:
"PUT WISCONSIN FIRST - SUPPORT PREVAILING WAGE!"