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Delaware Representatives: Prevailing Wage is Good for Delaware and Workers

From Inside the ABC:

Delaware, like other states, is fighting for workers’ rights and defending themselves against attacks on family-supporting prevailing wages. Delaware Representatives Edward Osienski and Michael P. Mulrooney are on the forefront, discrediting misconceptions and misinformation from groups like the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
 
Reps. Osienski and Mulrooney wrote on Delaware Online:
 
Opponents argue that prevailing wage rates drive up construction costs, a simplistic view that equates higher wages with higher overall construction costs. Wages and benefits are only about one-third of overall construction costs – and that percentage has been falling. Prevailing wage requirements help ensure that competition among contractors in the bidding process is focused on areas of overall cost efficiency, high productivity and innovative methods. The most qualified and responsible contractors will find other cost-saving measures before reducing wages and benefits of his or her work force. A contractor who has a good safety record will save on insurance costs, workers compensation rates, and legal fees. A contractor who pays his vendors and suppliers on time has better rates on material, supplies and equipment rentals.
 
Read the entire piece on prevailing wages here.