For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2015
TODAY: JULY 1 MARKS FIRST DAY OF NO PREVAILING WAGE THANKS TO WV GOP
Today marks the first day of no prevailing wage thanks to our West Virginia GOP who have proven time and time again that their focus is not the betterment of West Virginia families or job growth in our state.
During the 2015 Legislative Session, the new Republican majority lead the worst attack on hardworking families that West Virginia has seen. From gutting quality jobs, slashing wages and weakening workplace safety, the GOP has proven where their loyalty lies and that is not with the families of West Virginia.
“Money is being taken out of the pocket of West Virginians and money is being taken from our state,” said WVDP Chair Belinda Biafore. “By dissolving prevailing wage, our workers are seeing their job quality gutted and their families getting less money for food on the table. Not to mention that fact that all we hear from the GOP is ‘job creation’ and like I’ve said before, they are more interested in gutting quality jobs that we already have and have not laid out one plan for jobs that they promised their constituents.”
Democrats fought for prevailing wage by motioning to extend the prevailing wage discussion until September 30th, but that motion was denied by the GOP during the legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance meeting a couple weeks ago.
Among those voting to eliminate prevailing wage was Senator and GOP Governor Candidate Bill Cole. Cole is a champion of the West Virginia GOP’s attack on hardworking families and is attempting to continue his self-serving politics in the governor’s office.
The people of West Virginia are fighting back along with the Democratic Party to stand up for their wages, their jobs and their families.
Hardworking West Virginians who were promised a plan for “jobs and economic growth” by the GOP are tired of being lied to and are asking Senator Bill Cole for an extension to keep prevailing wage in place so that their wages are not at risk.