Saving Taxpayers Money

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

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Growing the Middle Class

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

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Fighting the Attacks

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

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Affordable Housing

Prevailing wage standards can help improve housing affordability

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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.

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


Poll: Voters see ‘contracting out’ as serious problem for America’s workers and economy

A Key Factor Driving Lower Wages and Poor Working Conditions

New York, NY—Voters believe companies’ growing reliance on contracting out for labor is a serious problem that has harmed workers and the economy, according to released today by the National Employment Law Project.

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Here’s why California developers must pay construction workers a fair wage

The Sacramento Bee, October 27, 2017

Eighty five percent of the costs associated with housing construction in California are unrelated to the wages or benefits paid to the workers who actually build it. And since 1990, those wages, adjusted for inflation, have actually decreased by 25 percent….

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