I am excited to write you following yesterday’s Council Meeting. After months of hard work, I am pleased to report that one of my legislative priorities has unanimously passed!
CB-33-2022, An Act Concerning Expansion of Prevailing Wage, will create more middle-class jobs with quality benefits by expanding the scope of the County’s “prevailing wage” law. The “prevailing wage” is the hourly rate of wages required to be paid to workers and apprentices employed on certain public works projects. The installation of mechanical systems is a type of service currently covered by prevailing wages during the construction phase, but not covered thereafter during any service work after construction has been completed. I introduced this bill to correct that disparity.
The key parts of the legislation include:
- Expanding the County’s prevailing wage scope to include rehabbing, resurfacing, pavement milling, routine operations, and mechanical systems service contracts;
- Requires best efforts to achieve a target of 25% of new hires on covered public works projects to be local residents.
The passage of this bill will help make Prince George’s County a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Well-trained workers earning family-supporting wages contribute to the economic prosperity of the County.
Thank you to those who wrote letters in support, submitted public comment, and have been working to advocate for the passage of this important pieces of legislation to support our working Prince Georgians!
If you have any questions regarding CB-33-2022 or any Council legislative issues, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 301-952-3860 and email@example.com.
Edward Burroughs III
Prince George’s County Council, District 8