The West Virginia Legislature is considering repealing Prevailing Wage, and instituting the so-called “right to work” legislation.
Local tradesmen say those moves would hurt working people.
Sheet metal workers, iron workers, carpenters and electricians all met at Panera Bread at the Ohio Valley Mall, and caught a bus for West Virginia’s capitol.
“If you get rid of Prevailing Wage, and force “right to work” in this state, you’re going to see wages go down,” explained Scott Mazzulli, vice president of the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Trades. “It’s going to affect doctors, it’s going to affect nurses, it’s going to affect everybody.”
“Prevailing Wage definitely protects your local labor force in this area,” said Doug Giffin of the Electricians’ Union. “It keeps contractors from out of the area from coming in and taking the majority of the share of the labor money back out to grow their local jurisdictions.”
They said they feel that with the current makeup of the legislature, workers are under attack.
Union members from other areas of the state were meeting them in Charleston to join the rally.