Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has been making the rounds of Eastern Missouri labor clubs and recently visited the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council with an unusual – and welcome – pledge from someone in her office to enforce prevailing wage laws.
Galloway who was appointed as State Auditor of Missouri by Governor Jay Nixon on April 14, 2015, following the death of Tom Schweich said her office will begin auditing the contracts of local government bodies to ensure contractors are following the state’s prevailing wage law and OSHA regulations.
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It’s something the State Auditor’s office has never done before, and a practice Galloway employed in her previous office as Treasurer of Boone County, where she would withhold payment from contractors who did not have the paperwork to show they were properly observing prevailing wage.
“Usually one time was all it took,” said Galloway.
Galloway comes from a union family, and understands the value of unions.
“For me, you are representing my family who are union,” she told the Building Trades. “My uncle was a member of Operating Engineers Local 513. “He benefitted from the work you did for him.
“I know St. Louis and my family have benefitted from unions. You all built St. Louis.”
All of which explains Galloway’s commitment to enforcing prevailing wage and protecting union wages, and her opposition to right-to-work legislation.
A FAMILY ISSUE
Speaking to members of the South St. Louis County Labor Club last month, Galloway said right-to-work was a family issue.
“Whether you are union or not, it’s going to affect your family.”
When she spoke at the Building Trades, Galloway was congratulatory about the defeat of right-to-work legislation in the recent veto session, and said that victory can be attributed to union members raising awareness about what right-to-work really is – an attack on working families’ wages and negotiating power on the job.
“Thanks you for bringing our attention to what’s really important in the state of Missouri,” she said. “Thank you for what you’ve done for my family.”