On Friday, Feb. 7 , St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson signed legislation to ensure skilled workers on large, incentivized construction projects in the City of St. Louis are paid the prevailing wage.
The Mayor’s action is expected to directly benefit thousands of individuals, including minority and women contractors.
Board Bill 88CSAA, sponsored by 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Wood Martin, received unanimous approval from the full Board of Aldermen on Jan. 31.
“Thank you to Alderwoman Martin for working with her colleagues to get this important legislation to my desk,” Krewson said. “As a City, we should be doing everything possible to level the playing field for all our hardworking men and women of the trades. They more than deserve it.”
The prevailing wage requirements will apply to construction projects worth more than $1 million that receive public development incentives from the City of St. Louis. The new requirements will apply to projects in the City that issue requests for proposals (RFP) or bids, or award contracts, beginning April 7 – or 60 days from the bill’s signing.
“This is all about giving our local contractors a fair chance,” Martin said. “When the City decides to incentivize projects, we have to make sure our skilled workers are able to bid competitively against someone from outside the region, state, or maybe even the country.”.
In addition to supporting skilled trades workers, including minority and women contractors, the legislation also supports Mayor Krewson’s ongoing commitment to requiring participation by apprentices and City residents in construction projects in the City that receive public development incentives.