GOP pushes to repeal public project wages law

GOP pushes to repeal public project wages law

February 16, 2015 Associated Press and IBJ Staff

Indiana's law for setting wages on public construction projects would be repealed under a plan that Republican House leaders said Monday they aimed to approve this year, a move that could set off a fresh fight with labor unions.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said studies from other states had found such changes could save an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent on state construction projects by allowing more contractors to pay less than union-scale wages.

The bill set for a public hearing Tuesday morning by the House labor committee would eliminate the boards that set construction wages for each state or local project costing more than $350,000. Those five-member boards, which include people appointed by labor unions and an association of non-union contractors, set what is known as the common construction wage that any contractor on the building project must pay workers.

The new push comes three years after Republicans pushed through the state's right-to-work law that drew thousands of union protesters to the Statehouse.

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