Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Statement On Transportation Funding Initiative

Nov 20, 2013, 09:07 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday the State House voted in favor of an amendment which links the transportation funding bill to attacks on the wages of middle class workers in Pennsylvania, by increasing the State's prevailing wage threshold from $25,000 to $100,000.

"The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has always been in favor of a robust, and sustainable transportation funding initiative," remarked President Rick Bloomingdale. "However, we are deeply disappointed that many in the House chose to tie this funding to an attack on Prevailing Wage.  This issue was important enough to be a stand-alone piece of legislation that didn't require cutting workers' wages."

"Earlier this year, the State Senate passed a clean transportation funding bill with a bipartisan 45-5 vote. We hope the Senate will allow transportation funding to move forward cleanly, just as it did previously, by removing the changes to Prevailing Wage from the final bill," said Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO