Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan will now require contractors and subcontractors to pay prevailing wage on all state construction projects. The reinstatement of prevailing wage will ensure that qualified workers are utilized to construct and repair Michigan’s public infrastructure while allowing contractors to compete for bids fairly.
Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber offered the following statement following the announcement:
“Today’s announcement from Governor Whitmer is excellent news for every single resident of the state of Michigan. Requiring a prevailing wage to be paid in state contracting means safe, quality construction projects completed by highly skilled workers. It means working women and men getting paid a decent wage that can support a family. It means no more race to the bottom to find the cheapest labor while companies pad their bottom line. It also means a fair competitive bidding process for contractors,” said Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber. “All of this is especially important as we look to rebuild our economy after the devastation caused by the pandemic and look to improve and modernize our infrastructure. Michigan families will be better off because of Governor Whitmer’s action today.”