******ATTENTION 181 MEMBERS:
Kentucky Governor Bevin Wants to Prohibit the Use of Prevailing Wages on ALL Projects
Yesterday was Day 58 of the 60-Day KY General Assembly. The primary issue this session is for lawmakers to enact the Kentucky State Budget.
The budget proposal by the Governer prohibits the use of the Prevailing Wage Law on all projects. The State Senate version of the budget includes the prohibition of prevailing wage. Each of these proposals includes a 4.5% reduction this year and a 9% reduction in each of the the next 2 years on the post-secondary expenditures that colleges receive from state government. These reductions will have a dramatic effect on the amount of investments in construction projects that we rely upon.
The House budget proposal includes the Prevailing Wage Law on all projects which has been in place for 20 years. The House version removes the college budget reductions with savings in other areas of the budget.
The original plan was for the budget to be reached by a Compromise Committee yesterday. The House and Senate Committee will now continue negotiations this morning in hopes of a budget agreement by tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, 2016. If a compromise is reached, it will go for a full vote of both chambers on Friday, April 1. Then the budget would go to the Governor for a 10-day veto period, and the House and Senate Chambers would meet for a final day on April 15 for any possible veto overrides.
If both sides are unable to reach a compromise, the chambers would meet for a final day on April 12 and adjourn without a budget. A Special Session would then be called before July 1 to reach a compromise budget.
At this point, every piece of harmful legislation for the Building Trades has not progressed. Every bill important to our members that we support has not progressed either.
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IUOE Local 181 has represented operating engineers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for over 100 years. Operating Engineers are union heavy equipment operators. Operating Engineers operate cranes, backhoes, scrapers, articulating dump trucks, bulldozers and many other pieces of equipment that take part in building and maintaining our nation’s infrastructure and buildings.
Local 181 also represents stationary members who are employees at rock quarries, river terminals, steel mills, and power plants.
Local 181 is proud to negotiate contracts for its membership to provide fair wages, health insurance and pension with favorable and safe working conditions. Local 181 also has two apprenticeship and training sites to train apprentices to become skilled UNION operators and improve the skills of its membership's journeymen.
Local 181 negotiates contracts with all the major contractor's associations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for building, railroad, sewer and highway projects. Individual contracts are negotiated with signatory companies for stationary operating engineers.
To find out how to become an operating engineer or if you are a contractor inquiring how IUOE Local 181's services can benefit your organization, contact us at 270-826-2704.