Bill Would Push Prevailing Wages

Lawmakers buoyed by last fall’s election of a supermajority of Democrats in the state legislature are pushing new legislation that would cut off state construction funds from charter cities that don’t mandate the equivalent of union-scale wages on public-works projects.

Of the 482 cities in California, 121 are charter cities. About 70 have already committed to requiring what’s called “prevailing wages” for public works jobs. The proposed legislation is aimed at the remaining 50.

In San Diego County, the charter cities that would have to comply if the bill becomes law are San Diego, Vista, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and Santee. San Diego is taking the step regardless of the legislative outcome.

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