Monday, September 6, 2010

Emergency Correction of WA State Prevailing Wages

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has issued an emergency correction to prevailing wage rates for a number of classifications of Power Equipment Operators and Power Equipment Operators-Underground Sewer and Water in the following four counties:  Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, and Thurston.

Effective September 2, 2010:  The emergency reductions of $4.95 per hour were published on L&I's website on September 2, 2010 and are effective as of September 2, 2010.  

Impact on Public Agencies:  The corrected prevailing wage rates are effective for any public works project with a bid submittal deadline of September 2, 2010 or later.  While L&I's twice a year update of prevailing wages was effective September 1, 2010, it will be important for public agencies having projects with a bid submittal deadline of September 2, 2010 or later in the affected counties to reference the prevailing wage rates as of September 2, 2010, or to print the prevailing wages as of September 2, 2010, instead of September 1, 2010.

Emergency Changes Effective Immediately:  Typically, corrections to prevailing wage rates become effective 30 days after publication by L&I, but L&I has the authority to issue emergency corrections that become effective immediately.

See The Changes:  To view a list of the specific classifications impacted by the change, click here.

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