September 3, 2015 – The Senate this week approved State Building Trades, Teamster and California Labor Federation sponsored legislation to close a loophole that currently denies some drivers of ready-mixed concrete on public works projects the right to earn prevailing wage. The Senate voted 24-13 in favor of Assembly Bill 219 by Assembly Member Tom Daly, D-Anaheim.
Currently, prevailing wage is only paid to those drivers who are employed by the contractor on the project. However, it does not apply to drivers employed directly by the concrete manufacturer, even though the work of both sets of drivers is identical and requires the same set of skills. The successful vote was amid strong opposition from dozens of industry groups and contractors, the Chamber of Commerce and California Manufacturers and Technology Association.
SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “California recognizes that these drivers are an important, skilled part of the construction industry. All of them deserve to earn the wage that prevails in the industry. It shouldn’t matter who employs them. It is simply a question of fundamental fairness to working people.”
The bill now returns to the Assembly for a concurrence vote on Senate amendments before heading to the Governor.