BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Construction workers on many city-sponsored projects will earn at least $22 an hour starting this year, Mayor Brandon Scott said.
Council estimates earlier this week approved a base wage increase from $8 per hour to $22 per hour, roughly equivalent to $43,000 in annual wages, for all city contracts above. 5,000 dollars.
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All workers in the construction industry are affected by the change, with the exception of contractors on federally funded Housing and Urban Development projects, whose wages are set by the U.S. Department of Labor.
“This is about making sure that workers in the construction industry get paid for their hard work — literally building a better Baltimore,” says Scott.
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After reviewing wages in 2021 and prior years and comparing them with other jurisdictions, the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Wage Committee determined wages should be “significantly increased.” ,” said Scott’s office.
Dana Moore, Director of Equity and Director of the City of Baltimore’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights, said the pay increases are “an important step forward in ensuring that Mayor Scott’s commitment to equity for Baltimore is consistent.” is a reality.”
According to city charterThe city can fine companies that don’t meet the $50-per-day wage rate for each underpaid employee.
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If the Wage Commission determines a contractor has knowingly failed to pay prevailing wages, the Estimation Board may suspend city contracts from that company for one year.
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