Prevailing wage ban stalls on path to the Legislature

May 15, 2018

The Michigan Supreme Court has called a halt to a petition campaign to repeal wage protections for workers on government-funded construction projects.  

The court order came less than an hour before a state board was supposed to send the question to the Legislature. The stay allows time for a legal drama to play out at the state Supreme Court. Construction worker unions say petition circulators broke the rules, and that should disqualify the initiative.

Steve Claywell is with the Michigan Construction and Building Trades Council.

“And now we’ll have our day to ensure election laws are upheld in the state of Michigan.”

The petition campaign is led by business groups and non-union construction companies. The campaign says people who signed petitions should not have their signatures discounted because of a technicality.