Headlines – County Manager Pittman Outlines Current Wage Legislation
Bill, co-sponsored by board members Lacey, Pickard, Pruski and Rodvien, sets basic hourly rate and benefits for workers
Annapolis, MD (September 7, 2021) Tonight, Steuart Pittman, County Manager for Anne Arundel, will introduce Anne Arundel County’s first effective pay legislation (attached). The bill, co-sponsored by council members Sarah Lacey, Lisa Rodvien, Andrew Pruski and Allison Pickard, is expected to be presented in a council hearing this evening at 7 p.m. The public hearing will take place on Monday, October 4.
Current wage legislation, modeled on state law and similar laws in other counties in Maryland, will set the minimum hourly rate and a fringe benefit rate for construction trades working on county contracts. .
“A hard day’s work should provide a worker with a fair wage,” said Steuart Pittman, County Manager Anne Arundel. “I am proud to introduce a bill that I anticipate will enjoy bipartisan support, while helping to raise many of our hard-working residents. “
Anne Arundel County’s capital budget is $ 430.2 million for fiscal 2021, and includes $ 183.9 million in county-controlled construction spending. A county-controlled construction expenditure wage law in effect would increase wages and benefits for construction trades and increase the market share of Anne Arundel County construction contractors. A county-controlled construction expenditure wage law in effect would increase wages and benefits for construction trades and increase the market share of Anne Arundel County construction contractors.
Most of the county-controlled construction spending goes to infrastructure, including sewer and water projects, and public works such as storm sewers, streets, highways, and bridges. As a result, much of the direct impact of the prevailing wages benefits local workers and operating engineers.
“The establishment of wages in Anne Arundel County is long overdue. Research shows that where effective wage laws exist, there is also an increase in worker productivity, a reduction in injury rates and an increase in apprenticeship training, ”said Steve Courtien, president of Baltimore DC Building Trades. “These are benefits that residents of surrounding counties with wage laws in place have already enjoyed, and residents of Anne Arundel County deserve to enjoy them as well.”
Pinnacle Economics, Inc study (attached), projects across the entire capital spending plan for fiscal year 2021-2026, effective county-level salary would result in a net increase of $ 34.3 million dollars and 400 jobs for construction trades and other workers in Anne Arundel County. The bill’s local hiring clause requires contractors to do their best to fill at least 51% of new jobs and hires on contracts and capital improvement projects with county residents, thereby helping to provide more employment opportunities on county public works projects to county residents.
“Adopting the going pay and encouraging local hiring on Anne Arundel’s public works projects is going to be a game changer,” said Thomas Killeen, sheet metal workers local 100 sales representative and longtime resident of Anne Arundel County. “We will transfer employment on our county public works projects to county residents, which will have a positive economic impact on our local economy. “
Current wage laws passed in other states have increased tax revenues without increasing construction costs, reduced inequalities in the construction industry by closing the wage gap between white and minority artisans, and raised standards for middle class workers and women. The City of Baltimore, Baltimore County, Charles County, Montgomery County, and Prince George County have all implemented the current wage laws, to the benefit of workers in these communities.
Residents can get additional answers to frequently asked questions about current wage legislation by referring to the Bill’s FAQs or by sending an email [email protected].
“The current wage laws are improving the lives of many of our hardest working workers and engineers working on county contracts,” said board chair Sarah Lacey. “This is a necessary step for our county, and I want to thank County Manager Pittman and his administration for leading the way.”
“Passing this bill – an effort that clearly should have strong bipartisan support – helps us deliver wages to a level that many of our counterpart jurisdictions have already reached,” said Councilor Allison. Pickard. “We need to make sure our workforce receives a fair wage for a hard day’s work. “
“The current pay legislation will help improve local hiring, providing our residents with better opportunities for high paying jobs in Anne Arundel County,” said Councilor Andrew Pruski. “I congratulate County Manager Pittman for taking this necessary step to improve the economic situation in our county.”
“The current wage laws level the playing field for skilled workers who have sometimes relied on state benefits to support themselves and their families,” said Lisa Rodvien, board member. “Higher wages mean a better way of life for our hard-working residents”