LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
L&I has determined that these changes are necessary to correct an error that was made in adjusting these wages. Absent these changes, L&I will be enforcing incorrect prevailing wages, which irreparably harms contractors, workers and the people of the state of Washington. Contractors rely on L&I's determination of prevailing wages, and they will be adversely impacted by utilizing incorrect prevailing wage rates to complete their contract with an awarding agency. These incorrect wages do not afford contractors the necessary certainty in bidding projects and in the wages that they pay their workers.
The establishment of wages that are inaccurate not only adversely impacts potential public works contracts, but also may lead to distrust in the established wages leading to the erosion of local wage standards. This erosion has the potential of an economic harm to the general public and workers, which L&I is responsible for protecting. The director has determined that the readjustments to these wages are necessary to ensure for the correct application of prevailing wages and the general welfare and shall take effect immediately upon publication.
For more information on prevailing wage please visit our web site at http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/PrevWage or call (360) 902-5335.
Acting Industrial Statistician