News release from the Indiana AFL-CIO:
Indiana State AFL-CIO president reacts to House approval of Common Construction Wage law repeal
INDIANAPOLIS (February 23, 2015) – Following the Indiana House of Representative’s approval today of House Bill 1019, which repeals the state’s long standing and highly effective Common Construction Wage law, Indiana State AFL-CIO President Brett Voorhies issued the following statement:
“With today’s vote in the House of Representatives, the Republican supermajority has attacked the wages of working Hoosiers, a successful private sector business model and the autonomy of local governments. For decades the common construction wage has created a level playing field for contractors bidding on public projects, ensured skilled, local workers were hired and compensated appropriately and delivered world-class projects on time and on budget. In less than a week, following just one committee hearing, the representatives who supported House Bill 1019 have put this all at risk.
We will continue to work with our coalition of locally elected officials from both parties, contractors and small business allies that actually do this work and our affiliated unions to stop this reckless attempt at repeal – and hope that this massive policy change is given more debate and deliberation in the State Senate.”
The Indiana State AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of 800 local unions across the state belonging to 50 International Unions. In total, the Indiana State AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Hoosiers.
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