RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed an anti-labor bill introduced again this year by Delegate Michael Webert (R-Marshall), HB 1596, on a party line vote. The bill aims to prohibit state agencies from requiring contractors to pay employees a prevailing wage. The Governor vetoed a similar bill last year.
Said Senator Jeremy McPike (D-Prince William), "This really limits our ability to partner and put our public dollars into investing into our communities. This enables people who already run up and down the East Coast low-bidding Virginia's contractors, putting our constituents out of work."
Said Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), "This bill is simply a poke in the eye to organized labor and it won't save Virginia one darn penny. It is absolutely worthless."
Said Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax)"This encourages people to bring workers from out of state or to hire folks who will work off of the books -- which generally encourages poor treatment of workers."
Coming out of the 2016 legislative session, Governor McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill, also introduced by Delegate Webert: HB 145.
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