Rebuilding California

Why We Must Address the Residential Construction Workforce Crisis

Prevailing Wage

Building a Better Future for All of California

Saving Taxpayers Money

Prevailing wage laws don’t increase public construction costs, but they do reduce reliance on public assistance programs.

Growing the Middle Class

Stopping wage theft helps one in six California construction workers and could save California taxpayers billions of dollars each year. 

Affordable Housing

Prevailing wage standards can help improve housing affordability.

Fighting the Attacks

Weakening prevailing wage standards doesn’t save money. Instead it creates more poverty, a weaker economy and strains public budgets.   

Through our StopWageTheftCA.org initiative, Smart Cities Prevail is working to end construction industry wage theft in California that harms workers and their families, taxpayers and honest businesses.

Blue Collar Construction Workers: Low Incomes in the Megaregions

Affordable Housing

Prevailing wage standards can help improve housing affordability. 

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Research

We serve as a resource for news media, community leaders, elected officials and members of the public on a range of construction industry policy issues, including Prevailing Wage.

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Educate

Get the latest information, studies and statistics on the benefits of Prevailing Wage and how it impacts your community. We look into the myths — and drill down to the facts.

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Advocate

Our advocacy efforts are far-reaching, including our work on behalf of the many veterans who choose careers in the skilled construction trades and are impacted by prevailing wage laws.

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LATEST NEWS


My turn: The missing ingredient to solve California’s housing affordability crisis

CALmatters, January 24, 2019

In California’s quest to produce affordable housing, much has been said about project streamlining, permitting, zoning and other regulatory reforms.

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Could Gov. Newsom’s ambitious housing goals be sidelined by a worker shortage?

The Mercury News, January 14, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to build as many as 3.5 million new houses by 2025 to solve California’s housing crisis. But those ambitious goals could be derailed without hundreds of thousands of new construction workers needed to dramatically accelerate the pace of California home building…

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