Prevailing wage, PLAs supported
By Kelsey Schulz
POSTED ON JANUARY 29, 2018
WOOD RIVER – Bob Daiber expressed his support of prevailing wage and project labor agreements, as well as his opposition to “right to work” laws, during a press conference in Wood River Monday.
Speaking at the Carpenters Union Hall, 277 E. Madison Ave., the Democratic candidate for the governor touched on those topics and more in front of a crowd that included 19 local labor leaders.
“As many of you know I’ve been a strong advocate for organized labor my entire political career,” said Daiber, who is also the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools. “I’m here today as a candidate for governor to continue my ongoing pledge to labor that we can move forward in this state collectively with good paying jobs.”
On prevailing wage: “I support prevailing wages, I always have. There’s no place in the workplace to drive down wages. If we do away with prevailing wages in the state then we are going to be competing with as to who as a worker is going to work for less and that is not a place that we want to go. When we have good jobs in the state that are based on prevailing wage we have workers that are being able to make a living wage and are less dependant upon the state for benefits and that’s the direction I want to move Illinois.”
On project labor agreements: “The project labor agreements are simply agreements between labor and management that help get jobs done on time, on budget with no shutdowns and workers being able to go to work each and every day without any work stoppages.”
On right to work: “Last year, I signed a pledge saying ‘no’ to right to work (for less) in the state of Illinois, because I am an advocate for collective bargaining both in the public and private sectors. As governor, I will sit down with AFSCME at the table and we will work out a contract for all state workers in Illinois because they too deserve to have good paying jobs and benefits.”