Prevailing Wages?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by greens, Mar 15, 2002.

  1. greens

    greens LawnSite Member
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    I was giving a commercial bid yesterday and the property manager wanted to know all the basics like how much liability ins. etc. Then he said they would also need to see proof of prevailing wages. This complex is partially owned by the city and is tax exempt. But what the heck are prevailing wages? What do I show this guy?

    I would appreciate your help! :)
     
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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  3. greens

    greens LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Major. That site was very helpful and answered my question perfectly. :D
     
  4. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
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    Briefly,

    Prevailing wage = Union scale
     
  5. If you're not paying in the scale they require, you no get job.

    Red tape = to much BS.

    You're lucky they didn't hit you with how many minorities or females you have working for you
     
  6. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    Rooster, Not always Union means their wages are prevailing, landscape labors union here says plants man $11.75 hr plus benies, wage law here say $26.25!
     
  7. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I looked up the Davis Bacon prevailing wages for our area----we are paying laborers more than the posted rate and have trouble keeping them from going elsewhere for $.25 an hour more. Rate for landscape laborers for Highway is $8.39 in this part of the state.
     
  8. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    FWIW the town advertised for lawn maintenance laborers March thru November guaranteed 40 hour week (730 to 430, July Aug and Sept 630 til 230 not bad workday) $9.33 per hour no bennies...
     

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