April 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Fraley, Chair, Monroe County Democratic Party
Cell phone: 206-388-8375
Monroe County Democratic Party Condemns Attempts to Repeal Common Construction Wage in Indiana
The Monroe County Democratic Party and local unions strongly condemn the efforts of Senate Republicans to repeal the state’s Common Construction Wage law (CCW). The Party criticized the repeal as an attack against hard working Hoosiers and the Indiana economy. The legislation recently passed the House and Senate. It is expected to be signed by Governor Pence.
The CCW, originally established in 1935 through a Republican initiative, is the wage paid to construction workers on publically financed projects costing more than $350,000. It allows communities to determine wages to be paid on local projects. “The CCW is a vital part of our economy and helps countless families,” said MCDP Chair Mark Fraley, “repealing this law would encourage the employment of low-paying out-of-state contractors, which would make it more difficult for hard working Hoosiers to earn a living wage.”
“This is another in a long line of attacks on Hoosier workers”, said Ray Hobbs, President of the South Central Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council. “The loss of fair pay will make it even more difficult to attract skilled tradesmen in the construction industry”.
The Party linked the attempts to repeal CCW with GOP efforts to sanction discrimination and undermine the authority of Superintendent Glenda Ritz. “Governor Pence and his allies in the state legislature have become obsessed with finding new ways of shutting out Hoosiers”, Fraley said.
“Monroe County Democrats and the Indiana Democratic Party will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of candidates that will support an inclusive economy and fight for all Indiana families,” added Matthew Metz, the Party’s deputy chair for communications.