Two labor groups on Tuesday outlined a potential compromise in a statement that suggests a potential framework for a deal on expanding prevailing wage provisions.
“This issue needs to be included in this year’s state budget so that taxpayers can be confident we are creating middle class jobs for New Yorkers when public funds are used,” said AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and NYS Building & Construction Trades Council President James Cahill.
“To expedite that process, we support discussions to address affordable housing and establish reasonable thresholds for projects financed by IDAs and LDCs, or as an alternative, to allow the Department of Labor to continue to be a part of that process.”
The outline is strikingly similar to what Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed in a radio interview on WNYC, who proposed having the Department of Labor gain input over which projects might apply to the provision.
The measure would expand the prevailing wage to projects that are at least partially funded by public funds.