Michigan Prevailing Wage Facts and Benefits

Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law was enacted in 1965. Since that time, Michigan's economic and social structures have benefited from this progressive public policy. This Prevailing Wage database details the positive aspects of Michigan's PA 166. 

THE REAL FACTS ARE:
  1. Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law does not increase costs.

  2. Michigan's Prevailing Wage strongly supports the construction industry by providing:
    • excellent healthcare coverage
    • sound pension programs
    • favorable wage packages
    • fully funded training

      All of these positive lifestyle factors reduce the negative societal impact of cost shifting from inadequate healthcare, lack of pension coverage, meagerly funded training programs and substandard wages.

  3. Michigan's Prevailing Wage provides a critical foundation for construction trades apprenticeship training programs. These apprenticeship programs are the cornerstone of Michigan's highly skilled and highly productive construction workforces. Having a highly qualified construction workforce helps make Michigan an attractive place to build a new plant or modernize an existing factory. Michigan's highly qualified contractors and tradespeople help bring manufacturing jobs back to Michigan.

  4. Michigan's construction industry already has a difficult time trying to recruit young people into our trade. Repealing the Prevailing Wage and slashing wages is totally contradictory to the pursuit of recruiting more young people. If fewer young people choose construction as a career, our ability to build the industrial, institutional, and commercial job providing facilities is severely compromised.

  5. Michigan's construction industry already has a difficult time trying to recruit young people into our trade.  Repealing the Prevailing Wage and slashing wages is totally contradictory to the pursuit of recruiting more young people.  If fewer young people choose construction as a career, our ability to build the industrial, institutional, and commerical job providing facilities is severely compromised.
Act 166, 1965  Prevailing Wage On State Projects