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
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
Construction Industry Survey Action Team