Union and non-union contractors are voicing their opposition to a Missouri House proposal to eliminate a minimum wage requirement for public works projects.
The Coalition of Construction Contractor Associations, representing around 100,000 Missouri workers, told reporters in Jefferson City what a proposed repeal of the prevailing wage could mean for workers.
Government construction contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, and without a prevailing wage requirement, out-of-state contractors could potentially bid much lower than those in Missouri.
The main concern construction contractors have is that repealing prevailing wage will encourage companies to hire cheap, out-of-state labor, taking away jobs that would normally go to local contractors.
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