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Prevailing-wage debate may freeze water project

Original post made on Sep 14, 2007

With a challenge that could force the City of Palo Alto to begin paying its contractors higher wages, labor leaders are calling for the city to scrap plans to sign a routine contract for a pump-replacement project at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm

It's time to reverse the power that the city, state and federal governments have given to the labor unions.

The whole idea of a wage scale is corrupt. I've seen carpenters worth half the "prevailing wage" and some worth twice it. Let the contractors decide what kind of employees they want to hire and what they have to pay to get them.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2007 at 6:11 am

Perhaps if they would make a true prevailing wage instead of just reprinting the union scale it might have significance.

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Posted by Pay Equity......
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

Whatever happened to people we have be letting into the country across our borders to do the work that American do not want to do - unless paid as much as a person with a Masters in Computer Science from India.

Does education has any relevance in Govt. jobs. Or should be pay everyone what a CEO should make.

I vote for teachers to be paid as much as Frank Benest. It is the future of our children which is at stake !!!!

If we cannot do a job for a reasonable price - do what Americans do best - hand it off to China.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2007 at 12:28 pm

We did hand one construction job to Chinese - the Central Pacific Railroad, built almost entirely by coolie labor.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Council members cry poverty when it comes to fixing infrastructure, but they can always find money to fund pet causes like "environmental coordinator", "historcal preservation", or in this case "prevailing wages".

If there is money for all these pet projects, then they have moeny for the library updates, and the public safety building.

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Posted by Wages and City Revolution
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 16, 2007 at 5:19 am

>>If we cannot do a job for a reasonable price - do what Americans do best - hand it off to China.

Does the City Staff and City council realize that in most things the hand off to China has depressed the wages of people. Has this realization come to Unions yet ?????

The private sector has realized it.

City governments are suckers....

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Posted by El
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 25, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The whole prevailing wage thing is ridiculous. My neighbor's 20 year old son, a college student doing a paid summer internship working for a construction crew, often got paid the prevailing wage this past summer. By handing it over as a blanket payment it doesn't begin to assess who deserves it--a highly skilled worker, and who frankly, doesn't--a college student getting coffee & carting soil samples around. He saw it as a windfall, I'd rather not have it be one that *I* funded.


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Posted by concerned
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

No, it is not the "right thing to do". It is our tax dollars and you are a public servant. You have to use our money efficiently, because we voted for you to do so. It takes a little research to see that the bloated union and prevailing wage is costing us double and triple the labor expense to get the same service in other states. Fight for your charter rights, for now and for the future.

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