(Cincinnati) -- City Council members approved a motion that would require all contractors and builders working on projects that receive city dollars in Cincinnati, to pay their employees the prevailing wage. It would only apply on those projects that trace 30% or more of their funding to tax dollars.
Councilman Wendell Young calls the motion a way to end exploitation. It comes out of a case in Corryville, where construction workers were promised nearly $24 an hour, but only paid $8. The contractor at U Square claimed they didn't have to pay prevailing wage for work on the apartments, but has since settled with two employees, who were fired for raising the question.
Councilmember Laure Quinlivan says the City needs to do a better job of enforcing the prevailing wage, and they need to encourage employers to hire more people from Cincinnati.
Labor leaders welcome the rule and say it will not increase the cost of construction. Dave Meier with the carpenter's union says it's a worker's rights issue, and should keep people from being exploited.