Union Workers and Day Laborers Join Forces in Push for Prevailing Wage

By Denis Slattery, New York Daily News

An unlikely coalition of activists, union workers and day laborers joined forces Wednesday to call on New York lawmakers to grant raises to construction workers on publicly subsidized projects.

Hundreds of construction workers, decked out in orange and yellow, filled the state Capitol Building, shouting “End corporate welfare, pass public works!”

The workers want so-called prevailing wage rules, requiring all publicly funded construction projects pay at least the average wage paid on all projects completed in that area, to be expanded to all projects that use even a portion of public funds."

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