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Prevailing Wage - Under Attack.

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Eric Phillippe is a US Army veteran, a father, and carpenter. He served our country and then came back and helped build his community.

Thanks to Missouri's Prevailing Wage law, Eric is paid fairly for his work on public projects, and employers aren't able to undercut wages.

But Gov. Greitens is taking dead aim at Prevailing Wage. Repealing Prevailing Wage will hurt veterans like Eric and their families.



"Right to Work" is the tip of the iceberg as Missouri's pro-business legislature attempts to cripple labor unions across the state.

Many other ideas are being debated and voted on in the state capital. We must make sure our elected officials hear us loud and clear.

Our most pressing threat right now is repeal of Missouri's Prevailing Wage law.



What is Prevailing Wage?
It ensures that all skilled workers are paid fairly, so employers can't undercut them and drive wages down, hurting our economy. They ensure our schools and roads are built safely by qualified and skilled workers, not by out-of-state companies or undocumented workers.



Definition: Missouri's Prevailing Wage law applies to all public works projects constructed on behalf of state and local public bodies. It establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on such projects in Missouri, such as bridges, roads, schools, and government buildings. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work and is the minimum prevailing wage rate required for the project. Employees and employers are free to bargain for a higher rate of pay.



Keeps pay fair, and work safe. Missouri's Prevailing Wage laws ensure that ALL skilled workers are paid fairly, so employers can't undercut them and drive wages down, hurting our economy. They ensure our schools and roads are built safely, by qualified and skilled workers, not by out-of-state companies or undocumented workers.



Keeps Missouri's tax base strong. Cutting constructions workers' pay and allowing out-of-state companies to build in Missouri will have a direct effect on tax revenues throughout the state. Lower wages will result in $28 million less in tax revenues here, meaning more cuts to schools and local communities.



Good for all workers. Prevailing Wage laws benefit all Missouri workers, including both union and nonunion skilled trade workers by guaranteeing everyone is paid an equal wage, so companies cannot under-bid a project by paying cheaper wages.



Ensures quality work by skilled workers. Highly-skilled trades are crucial to Missouri's economy. If we repeal the prevailing wage law, it will mean lower wages for workers in skilled trades and cuts in apprenticeship programs, making young people less likely to enter skilled fields like electricians and carpenters, hurting our economy.

Who's behind the Prevailing Wage repeal?
Efforts to repeal Missouri's prevailing wage laws are being pushed by big corporations and billionaires who are trying to pad their own pockets at the expense of Missouri workers, lowering wages and hurting the middle class.

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  • Call your representative at 800-208-3499
  • Call Governor Greitens at 573-751-3222
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