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  •  Maybe if you're a lawyer, you (2+ / 0-)
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    snakelass, MKSinSA

    could shed some light on the difference between 'minimum wage' (claimed in the title of the diary) and 'prevailing wage' (what the diary is actually about).

    A bit of Google uncovered a rather convoluted set of conditions for the prevailing minimun wage quick frankly, I can see how a company could be found to violate some of these provision from time to time:

    In more real terms, the prevailing minimum squishes the allowed rate of pay for public contracts to the upper echelon of non-gov't contracts:

    Depending on the region of the state and the type of job, pay scales can range from $12.50 to $28.05 an hour versus $28.19 to $31.39 for prevailing rates.

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    So, if I'm understanding correctly, this company could have been paying its workers $28.18 / hr and been in violation.  

    I think more details are needed to flesh out this diary . . .

    •  No time today. (1+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy

      Besides, I'm in the Deep South and don't know about these Penna min/prevailing wage issues.

      Must run.  Just wanted to give a heads-up to the worthy diarist.

      bg
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      by BenGoshi on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 07:45:48 AM PDT

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    •  Prevailing wages are usually spelled out (3+ / 0-)

      Yes, as I noted elsewhere in response to this Diary, this is not the legal minimum wage of $5.85 nationally and $7.15 in PA, but I'm certain that if Worth wanted to know what the prevailing rate for the work it was doing was, it could have found out from the responsible state agency ("minimum" in this case just means the employer was free to pay more; it is the floor).   These laws exist so government contractors don't undercut union work, and pay a living wage to workers.  Give employers a chance, and we'd all be making federal minima, on threat of being outsourced.  

      "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

      by Budlawman on Mon Jun 30, 2008 at 08:58:27 AM PDT

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