Construction workers hired for public projects in West Virginia must be paid a minimum “prevailing” wage and benefits level. This prevailing wage level must equal the market wage rates as determined by the West Virginia Division of Labor, and varies by geographical area within the state and by occupation.1 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was first enacted in 1933, two years after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which established a prevailing wage for federal construction projects.
This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities. Read PDF of report.
The themes have varied from year to year with changes in the economy but the basic goal remains the same: to look at what can sometimes seem to be dreary numbers and indicators from the point of view of those who actually do the work.
Everybody Needs Time Off from Work and 227,000 West Virginia Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days:
Caring for a sick child, an elderly parent, or ourselves, all of us sometimes need time off from work.
But many workers in West Virginia don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for their family.
At the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s 2nd Annual Budget Breakfast, Executive Director Ted Boettner recapped Governor Tomblin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 state budget and the impact it will have on West Virginia’s low- and moderate-income working families. View his presentation here.