Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

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Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.

Regards,

Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.

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Business groups divided over repealing Michigan's prevailing wage

06/06/2018

Michigan lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a proposal to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.

A 1965 law requires union-scale wages and benefits on state-funded projects. But last week, a state board certified a ballot petition to repeal the law. The question would appear on the November ballot, unless state lawmakers approve it first.

Wendy Block is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. While the chamber did not play a role in the ballot petition campaign, Block says the chamber supports repeal. 

The chamber spokeswoman says repealing prevailing wage should reduce the cost of state funded projects in Michigan. However, Block insists repealing prevailing wage won’t necessarily significantly reduce paychecks.

“We believe that all bids will still need to be competitive simply because workers have options in a tight labor market,” says Block, “and so they’re going to work where they can get a competitive wage and benefits.”

Critics say repealing prevailing wage will send workers to other states. 

“Is the fact that you’re saying you’re going to reduce hourly wages going to entice younger people come into the trades?" asks says Michael Stobak with Barton Malow, a large construction contractor. "Or look at some other way of making a living?”

See story on Michiganradio.org.

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