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AGC - Michigan ChapterAssociation of Service  Mechanical Contractors of Southeastern MichiganBricklayers Local 1 MichiganHeat  Frost Insulators  Asbestos WorkersInternational Brotherhood of Electrical WorkersLocal Union 357 DRAFT LETTER TO CONTRACTORS


Dear Contractor:


The US. Department of Labor (DOL) has designated Michigan as one of about one dozen states in which a statewide survey covering all crafts and all segments of the industry will be conducted in 2003-04.  This website has been created for you by a construction industry coalition to provide you with background information about the Federal Wage Survey Project.  The logos of the participating organizations are listed on this site.


The stakes in this survey are enormous for the unionized construction industry.  At the end of the survey, the DOL will compile the data and determine the predominant wage and fringe rates for each labor classification in each county in Michigan.  If the construction trade unions and their contractors do not succeed in counting more than 51% of the total wages and fringes reported in each county or
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region, the rates published by the DOL will be open shop or non- signatory.  If that happens, union contractors and their employees will be at a distinct disadvantage in bidding.


Although the survey will be formally announced in October of 2003 after the start of the new federal fiscal year, the data needed is wages and fringes paid to journeyman workers during peak weeks on projects that are active during calendar year 2003. To avoid the burden of having to go back into files for the entire year, the construction community is approaching the project from a proactive point of view and collecting data as jobs are identified during the year. 


In an effort to simplify collection of this data, minimize the burden on contractors, and avoid repetitive requests from separate unions, the coalition has included links that provide everything you will need to complete the forms. 


We need your help.  Our goal is to successfully report the wages and fringes paid so that union contractors and employees will win the majority of work throughout the State.  Thank you for your assistance. 




Construction Industry Survey Action Team