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The Prevailing Wage Guessing Game
Trustees worry that doing the right thing might cause bond dollars to come up short
"...delayed a month – on whether to adopt a prevailing wage scale that includes money for benefits for workers..."

April 15, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Prevailing Wage Doesn't Always Prevail
Carpenters union says workers are getting stiffed on state project
"...but one big plus is that it is a prevailing-wage state. That means that a laborer or mechanic working..."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

White Lodging: Wage Dispute Prevails ... 'Til August
Absent Bill Spelman, Council punts the issue
" exchange for a promise to pay construction workers "prevailing wages," Mayor Lee Leffingwell took the opportunity of Spel­man's..."

July 5, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Point Austin: Prevailing Winds
AISD says it can't afford bond-project benefits, but local workers beg to differ
"...certain that construction workers on district projects are paid prevailing market wages, in the worst way – and as..."

May 6, 2005 News Column by Michael King

Then There's This: 'A Decent Wage'
Pay Requirement may be inked into city incentive deals
"...companies to pay employees and construction workers a minimum wage of $11 an hour, with construction workers eligible to..."

Oct. 25, 2013 News Column

Marriott Incentives Deal Dies on Dais
Council takes no action on proposed revisions to prevailing wage ordinance
"...just what it was that council members meant by "prevailing wage" when they told the developer behind the Marriott..."

Aug. 16, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Then There's This: White Lodging's Steal of a Deal
What part of 'prevailing wage ordinance' do you not understand?
"...missed a "final" deadline to comply with the city's prevailing wage ordinance or risk forfeiting its $3.8 million in..."

June 14, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Then There's This: Hotel Hypocrite
Developer wants to cancel wage agreement but keep incentives
"...are "essentially worthless" if it's forced to follow the prevailing wage terms it agreed to as part of its..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Building Austin
As the city grows, is it being cavalier about the well-being of the laborers who are assembling Austin's new face?
"...the process for lodging complaints about safety violations or wage theft can be slow and difficult, especially when the..."

Aug. 28, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Then There's This: Labor Reps Target Marriott
Construction workers say they're getting stiffed on wages at city-backed project
"...that hotel developer White Lodging Inc. is violating the wage provisions the company agreed to uphold in exchange for..."

Feb. 8, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Workers Prevail on Wages at ABIA Hyatt
Six ABIA Hyatt Place Hotel subcontractors stiffed workers out of nearly $240,000
"...because at least six subcontractors were not complying with prevailing wage requirements or other wage standards on the construction..."

Aug. 25, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

City Cuts Fee Waivers to Marriott Builder; Labor Groups File Workplace Complaints
Labor rights groups stop playing nice
"...International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unleashed a flood of wage and job-safety complaints against Indi­ana-based White Lodging Services Corp...."

June 21, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Point Austin: Instrumental Incentives
The National Instruments deal provides a model for economic development
"...the 10-year period; moreover, NI has agreed to a prevailing wage standard for construction workers building the expansion to..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Michael King

White Lodging Sues City Over Fees
Hotel developer seeks injunction against city for canceling agreement
"...last week is the latest twist to a months-long wage wrangle between the city and White Lodging Services Corp...."

Sept. 27, 2013 News Feature by Amy Smith

Then There's This: Council's Version of Sine Die
Packed agenda address affordability, wages, waivers, and more
"...Marc Ott has asked Council to revisit a 2011 prevailing wage ordinance in an attempt to settle a months-long..."

June 28, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

The Thin White Line
Wage fight involving White Lodging moves to Council
"...up its end of a 2011 agreement to pay prevailing wages to construction workers on the Marriott project. The..."

Aug. 7, 2013 News Post by Amy Smith

Labor Backs AISD Bonds
District, unions reach agreement on prevailing-wage issue
"...will honor an 11th-hour commitment to adopt an accurate prevailing wage scale for its construction projects, Austin's Central Labor..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
Low wages, sprawl among the concerns of package detractors
"...the package. For Austin's labor community, the issue is wages for the sheet-metal workers, electricians, ironworkers, and other tradesmen..."

Aug. 13, 2004 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Naked City
" their effort to convince AISD to adopt a prevailing wage scale that includes benefits for workers on AISD..."

April 8, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Labor and AISD Butt Heads Again
'Prevailing wage' creates a sticking point
"...district recommended that the board of trustees adopt a prevailing wage scale for skilled laborers that does not budget..."

March 18, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Lee Leffingwell: 'Think Long-Range'
The incumbent mayor defends his record
"...eligible for the fee waivers – that they pay prevailing wage on the construction jobs at the hotel. And..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Council: What's Your Incentive?
HID Global is getting some economic incentives, but expect the policy on that to change soon
"...Workers Defense Project activists) pressed company reps on paying prevailing wages for project construction jobs (as has been negotiated..."

Oct. 5, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...well as to efforts to gain equal rights and wages for African-American educators. The George Washington Carver Library, the..."

May 13, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...offered a compromise to the debate over whether the prevailing wage scale the district adopts for contracted workers on..."

May 6, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...• The prevailing wage debate dragged on at the AISD board of..."

April 29, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
"...Trustees delayed a vote on whether to adopt a prevailing wage scale for work on AISD construction projects that..."

April 1, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Fighting for Justicia
Workers Defense Project celebrates 10 years on the front lines of Texas labor
"...Defense Project in 2007. She hoped to recover her wages from a dry cleaner where she had worked for..."

Sept. 21, 2012 News Feature by Nora Ankrum

More Bacon for Construction Workers on AISD Projects
Wage measure splits board
"...voted to adopt a new standard for calculating contractor wage rate – the federal Davis-Bacon scale – for works..."

June 20, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

"...between Bomax Contractors and Carpenters Local Union 1266 (see "Prevailing Wage Doesn't Always Prevail," Jan. 20) we said that..."

Jan. 27, 2012 Column

What's So Special?
Gov. Perry calls a special session, and pits property taxes against schoolchildren
"...making it easier to fire teachers, even eliminating the prevailing wage on school construction projects. "It's hard to imagine..."

April 23, 2004 News Column by Michael King

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