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Illinois Governor Signs Labor-Friendly Expanded Prevailing Wage Act Into Law

  • June 18, 2003

On June 11, 2003, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handed a victory to the Laborers' International Union when he signed Senate Bill 1212, an amendment to the Prevailing Wage, expanding its coverage significantly. The amendment includes new posting requirements for contractors and requires maintenance workers to be paid at a rate equivalent to construction workers. The amendment becomes effective on January 1, 2004.

The amendment revised the Prevailing Wage Act's definition of "public works" to mean "fixed works constructed by any public body," rather than "fixed works constructed for public use by any public body," under the former definition, thereby closing a loophole that exempted certain public works projects. The amendment also specifically provides that projects financed in whole or in part through the Illinois FIRST program, a multi-billion-dollar program for improving Illinois' transportation and education infrastructure, and new ethanol plants will be subject to prevailing wage requirements.

Further, the wage for tradesman performing maintenance work must be equivalent to that of tradesman engaged in construction. Contractors and subcontractors also must post, at a reasonably accessible place on each worksite, the prevailing wage rates for each craft.

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