Prevailing wage legislation reported out of House Labor & Industry Committee

HARRISBURG, April 17 – The Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee today approved a bill (H.B. 2153) sponsored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., that would update the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act to address the issues of split rates and custom fabrication.

This legislation would prohibit the practice of paying “split rates” on publicly funded construction projects and ensure that custom fabrication work done by tradespeople away from the main job site is paid to the prevailing wage.

“This is as simple as ensuring that companies awarded public construction project contracts are paying their workers fairly and to the prevailing wage standard set by the secretary of Labor and Industry,” said Dawkins, chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee.

The legislation now goes to the full House where it awaits a vote.