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ABC will not appeal prevailing wage decision

Paul Snyder
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The Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. will not appeal a judge’s ruling upholding changes made to the state’s prevailing wage law.

John Mielke, ABC vice president, said Tuesday that following a board of directors meeting last week, the group’s leaders opted to abide by Dane County Judge John Markson’s ruling.

“The consensus was our efforts and resources would be better spent on a legislative fix,” Mielke said.

Markson last week denied ABC’s request for an injunction against the new prevailing wage law, which went into effect Jan. 1. He also dismissed the group’s complaint that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development requires too much unnecessary information in its wage-reporting spreadsheet.

The state’s prevailing wage law now requires contractors to prove they are paying prevailing wages to employees working on state and local government public works projects valued at $25,000 or more. Under previous law, the proof was not required unless the project was valued at $234,000 or more.

In order to prove they are paying prevailing wages, union contractors must submit their collective bargaining agreements to the state, along with a seven-field reporting spreadsheet. Nonunion contractors must submit a 34-field spreadsheet, which DWD in March whittled from 50 fields.

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