ClickGood afternoon FFC affiliates, The biennium bipartisan budget compromise has passed both chambers of the general assembly, with a veto proof majority. The senate passed the budget in the wee hours of the morning 33-3, and the House passed the same this afternoon 126 to 23.  All eyes are now on the Governor.  A copy of the budget language which pertains directly to the State's prevailing wage law is attached for your reference and review. I'm sure most of you have already heard about this compromise through the President of the State Building Trades, Dave Roche, or through other lobbyists at the capitol. But I want to make sure I'm providing accurate up-to-date information directly to the affiliates of the FFC.  With regard to Prevailing Wage, this newly adopted budget seeks to do the following: There will be an increase of the new construction threshold from $400,000 to $1 Million. The Renovation threshold will remain the same at $100,000 Prevailing Wage protections will be expanded to include projects funded wholly, or in part, with economic development monies totaling $1M or more through the Dept. of Economic & Community Development (DECD). New construction projects approved for bonding through the bonding commission will have to go out to bid as the commission approved the bonding (i.e. no carving up of those projects in an effort to circumvent prevailing wage requirements). As some of you are aware, this compromise language also carves out one specific project in the Town of Derby. This was clearly a rat put into this budget at the bequest of House Minority Leader, Rep. Themis Klarides. My research has suggested that this is a project for a new football field, which is being privately funded by a wealthy family, who has apparently indicated that their most generous gift is contingent on workers not earning the prevailing wage rate. Even when the wealthy tries to be charitable, sometimes they're greedy about it... I want all of you, and the members you represent, to know that this has been an extremely difficult, and frustrating process, but I truly believe that this is the best product we could have hoped for given the political realities we're operating within.  This is not the ideal outcome. The ideal outcome would be our legislative and municipal leaders' recognition of the value and benefits that the prevailing wage law brings, not only to the construction industry as a whole, but also to our state's and nation's economy.   Looking at where we began with this budget, when the Governor proposed last January an increase in both thresholds from $400k to $1M for new construction and $100k to $500k for renovation, without any expansion to include DECD or clarifying language about bonding, we have ended with an undoubtedly better product. I am proud of my work, and the work of the State Council and their lobbyists, to ensure that the Building Trades, and your contractors, can still bid public works projects competitively.  I have asked our Republican Ranking member of the Labor Committee, Rep. Mike Bocchino, to commit to not raising or entertaining any anti-prevailing wage bills this coming session. He agreed. So now we need to stay on him and hold his feet to the fire. We need to collect data to see how many projects funded by DECD in the amount of $1M or more in economic development monies will be bound to prevailing wage. And we need to monitor how many new construction projects actually go out to bid at around $1M or less (though I believe we would all agree that there probably are none).  As for other aspects of this budget that affect the construction industry: There is a bonding cap in the amount of $2 Billion.  The bonding cap excludes infrastructure projects funded through the Special Transportation fund (STO), and is only limited to the General Fund (GO). The bonding cap also excludes the UConn 2000 and CSU 2020 projects. The bonding cap does not exclude public school construction, so we'll have to see how this affects the bonding for schools through the School Construction Project Priority List Committee. Significant cuts to the Jobs Funnels programs. I have heard that the only jobs funnel program, which was left intact is the New Haven jobs funnel, but the State DOL is still processing the budget and will get back to me to confirm. The State DOL will also follow-up with us regarding any cuts that could affect the Wage & Hour division, Workman's Comp, Unemployment Comp or the Office of Apprenticeship. More info on the agency cuts will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please feel free to give me a call with any questions, concerns or feedback. There's a lot to digest here.  Again, I want to commend legislative leadership and rank-and-file legislators who fought so vigorously on our behalf. I also want to thank the other lobbyists who were in the trenches with me everyday, Dave Roche and the Business Managers of the State Bldg Trades Council, and to all of you for your steadfast defense and support of prevailing wage and the industry. We live to fight another day! Thanks so much, Kimberly Glassman, Director Foundation for Fair Contracting of Connecticut 1268 Main St., Suite 202 Newington, CT 06111 Office: 860-667-7727 Cell: 860-906-4111 www.ffcct.org here to edit

Political Action

Click here to David Roche 2 hrs · Chicago, IL · Tuesday February 21st State Legislators will attempt to attack Connecticut's construction workers, they will attempt to open Connecticut to out of state contractors who will bring in out of state workers which will put our workers out of jobs, which will drive more people out of Connecticut, accountability will be gone, fair bidding will be gone, safety will be gone. This bill hurts us all, Democrats or Republicans that support this bill or others similar do not care about construction workers, what they care about elections and their special Interest? So go ahead and attempt to pass this bill and take away what we care about and we'll be happy to return the favor. #november2018👎edit

Click hDavid Roche16 hrs · Windsor Locks · OK now they want to mess with us, they want to make itharder to make a good respectable wage, they want to reach in our pocket andsteal our hard earned dollars, and they want to make it harder for the goodcontractors who play by the rules. So as they sit in the comfort of Hartford inthe nice comforts of the legislative office bldg. remember who built thatcomfortable building and buy the way when we built it we worked through thecoldest winter days and we sweat on the hottest summer days, so maybe beforethe elected officials decide to take away from workers, think about the effortsthat were giving so you can do your job and that nice building and believe ifyou forget about us, we won't forget about you. #warriorscomeoutandplayere to edit

Click here to editLabor and Public Employees CommitteePUBLIC HEARING AGENDATuesday, February 21, 20173:00 PM in Room 2E of the LOBI. BILLS FOR REVIEW1. Proposed S.B. No. 432 AN ACT CONCERNING EXCEPTIONS TO THE PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENT IN PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. (LAB)2. Proposed S.B. No. 596 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEE. (LAB)3. Proposed S.B. No. 746 AN ACT AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES. (LAB)4. H.B. No. 5150 (COMM) AN ACT PROHIBITING EMPLOYERS FROM REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS FILED BY APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES. (LAB)5. Proposed H.B. No. 5445 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL BUDGET RESERVE BALANCES. (LAB)6. Proposed H.B. No. 5552 AN ACT EXCLUDING RETIREMENT BENEFITS FROM COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BY STATE AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES. (LAB)7. H.B. No. 6209 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING UNION STEWARDS AND COMPENSATION FROM THE STATE. (LAB)8. Proposed H.B. No. 6211 AN ACT INCREASING THE PREVAILING WAGE THRESHOLDS. (LAB)9. H.B. No. 6218 (COMM) AN ACT REQUIRING RECIPIENTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION TO VERIFY THEY ARE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. (LAB)10. Proposed H.B. No. 6457 AN ACT LIMITING WAGE INCREASES IN ARBITRATION AWARDS. (LAB)11. H.B. No. 6461 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. (LAB)12. Proposed H.B. No. 6662 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REVOCATION OF PENSIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS WHO COMMIT ANY CRIME RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT. (LAB)13. Proposed H.B. No. 6663 AN ACT CONCERNING POLICE MISCONDUCT. (LAB)14. Proposed H.B. No. 6900 AN ACT CONCERNING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS. (LAB)15. Proposed H.B. No. 6902 AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION. (LAB)16. Proposed H.B. No. 6913 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. (LAB)17. Proposed H.B. No. 6965 AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT JOBS. (LAB)18. H.B. No. 7083 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEES. (LAB)19. H.B. No. 7084 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE WAGES. (LAB)20. H.B. No. 7085 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS AND GRATUITIES. (LAB)21. H.B. No. 7086 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABOR DEPARTMENT. (LAB)II. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTSIII. ADJOURNMENT

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