To the Editor:
Recently, the Northwest Herald published a letter from an individual praising the prevailing wage law. I would like to offer a different perspective.
Actually, the prevailing wage law is designed to protect unions from competition and results in a waste of taxpayer money. In short, it is nothing more than union welfare.
How many billions of dollars countrywide are wasted because of prevailing wage laws? The numbers are huge, given the size of governments today. I find it ironic we have laws against price fixing but have laws that require wage fixing.
Recently a client told me he did a job for a school district. To get the job, he had to pay his employees considerably more than normal when working on the job in compliance with the prevailing wage law. As a result, the school had to pay far more to have the work done than if they were a privately owned organization.
When I served on a local school board, I always voted against the annual resolution concerning the prevailing wage. I hope all board members will take a stand against this corrupt system. Although that doesn’t change the law, it does send a message that you place the best interests of your constituents ahead of the self-serving unions and their political allies. The taxpayers cannot afford to pay union welfare.
Roger J. Tieman