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Union Making Last-Ditch Appeal To Stop Prevailing Wage Ban In Michigan

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Construction workers unions plan to file an emergency motion Monday with the Michigan Supreme Court.  They want to block a question that would end protections for union-level wages from going to the Legislature.

The petition initiative to outlaw state and local prevailing wage rules was launched by non-union builders.  Prevailing wage requires builders to pay union-scale wages to construction workers employed on taxpayer-funded projects.  

The Michigan Court of Appealsruled late Friday that a state elections board must certify the petition signatures and send the question to the Legislature. 

Steve Claywell is with Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council.

“This fight is far from over. We’re going to continue to stand up for the workers, and make sure that the workers prevail.”

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

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