It could limit opportunities for local hiring on new projects.
Approximately 75 percent of non-union construction workers in New York City actually live in the five boroughs. The same can’t be said of union construction workers, who are more likely to live in outside the city or in New Jersey or Connecticut.
Entry-level non-union construction workers can earn at least $20 per hour, which far exceeds the wages paid for most entry-level jobs in restaurants or retail settings. But if new prevailing wage mandates are put in place, those locally based workers could be replaced by union workers who do not even live in New York City.
It could undermine progress in the construction industry.
Increasing workforce diversity, local hiring and MWBE participation are top priorities for those who care about the future of New York City’s construction industry. A prevailing wage expansion could put them all at risk.
The Construction Workforce Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is focused on supporting the interests of non-union, or merit shop, construction workers in New York City. By investing in policies and programs that focus on the merit shop, we can help ensure a better future for thousands of workers across New York City’s communities of color.