FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 18, 2019

Contact: David Greineder, Director of Government Affairs
(717) 653-8106 or davidg@abcpa.org

ABC PA Advocates for Fairness in Labor Law Enforcement

(HARRISBURG, PA.) This statement can be attributed to the five chapters that make up the Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania (ABC PA): Central Pennsylvania Chapter; Cumberland Valley Chapter; Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter; Keystone Chapter; and Western Pennsylvania Chapter. 

ABC PA is pleased the Legislature and Governor are working together to ensure Pennsylvania’s workers have access to the training and education needed to be successful. ABC PA is doing our part by promoting apprenticeship programs to address the shortfall of workers in skilled trades.

As we strategize on promoting policies that will multiply job creation and expand workforce opportunities, we would be remiss not to draw attention to an instance where established interpretations, processes, and standards have suddenly turned upside-down. When this happens, the impact is significant, causing confusion and uncertainty in the business community. 

As a case in point, we are concerned by a September press release from the Attorney General’s Office publicizing their full investigation of alleged prevailing wage violations. Of concern, we are unaware of any precedent or instance where the Attorney General launched investigations on these matters. The regulations clearly state it is the duty of the Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry to investigate prevailing wage complaints, hold hearings, and determine if a violation occurred. Subchapter E. Prevailing Regulations § 9.111(a).

ABC PA agrees complaints should be fully investigated, and owners should be held liable for violations of the law. If a complaint is filed, the state agency of jurisdiction should handle the matter with professionalism and fairness and ensure due process is followed at every step. What we do not agree with is the mistreatment of merit shop contractors in order to set legal precedent or increase state coffers. 

ABC PA is committed to partnering with public officials to advise them of the concerns shared by our members. Our goal is to ensure a structure is in place that both protects workers and treats all employers fairly and equitably, regardless of affiliation. We call upon government officials and elected leaders to work with us to develop policies to better educate, inform, and promote best practices on labor laws. 

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ABC PA is comprised of five regional chapters. Our mission is to defend free enterprise in the construction industry. ABC PA represents nearly 1,400 member companies and 67,000 employees. We serve as the voice of the merit shop.