Video: Rep. Margaret Doherty closes speeches on Prevailing Wage Bill (HB 2646)

On March 21, the House passed HB 2646, which requires the payment of Prevailing Wage on Oregon University System lands. Rep. Doherty carried the bill and closed all speeches. The bill passed 47-10.

Video: Rep. Bill Kennemer speaks in support of Prevailing Wage (HB 2646)

On March 21st, Republican Rep. Bill Kennemer rose to speak in support of HB 2646. Thank you, Rep. Kennemer, for standing up for working families.

Video: Rep. Val Hoyle on the House Floor, voicing her support for Prevailing Wage (HB 2646)

On March 21, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle stood up for construction workers and their families by giving this passionate speech in support of HB 2646, a bill that would require the payment of Prevailing Wage on Oregon University System Lands. Thank you, Val!

Video: Rep. Margaret Doherty on her support for Prevailing Wage (HB 2646)

On March 21, Rep. Margaret Doherty gave a strong speech in support of Prevailing Wage. She was carrying HB 2646, a bill she sponsored on behalf of the Oregon Building Trades Council, to the floor of the House. She explains that it is unfair for the construction worker to be the only party involved in a public works project who does not have a contractual agreement on their compensation. Prevailing wage alleviates this problem. Thank you, Rep. Doherty for being a champion for the middle class. The bill ended up passing on a bipartisan 47-10 vote.

CRC Update: Gov. Kitzhaber signs HB 2800 into law

Surrounded by supporters of the Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement Project (otherwise known as the Columbia River Crossing), Gov. John Kitzhaber signed HB 2800 into law this morning. Allocating $450 million in state funding for the bridge, HB 2800 was widely supported by both chambers of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. “We have a bridge,” Kitzhaber proudly declared in his remarks after signing the bill.

Read more on Oregon Live.


Gov. John Kitzhaber signing HB 2800 into law. Surrounding him are Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario; Rep. Tina Kotek, D-North Portland; John Mohlis, Executive Secretary of Oregon State Building Trades; and several other supporters.

Gov. John Kitzhaber making remarks on Oregon's commitment to the Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement Project.

Gov. John Kitzhaber making remarks on Oregon’s commitment to the Interstate-5 Bridge Replacement Project.

Oregonian Op-ed by John Mohlis: It’s time to protect Oregon’s prevailing wage

By John Mohlis
March 06, 2013

The Oregonian’s Feb. 25 editorial “Time to rethink the prevailing wage” suggests that it would be wise to repeal Oregon’s prevailing wage law. However, doing so would be incredibly detrimental to Oregon’s construction contractors, our highly skilled construction workforce, public contracting agencies and Main Street businesses.

The federal prevailing wage law, commonly referred to as Davis-Bacon, was sponsored by Republicans Rep. Robert Bacon and Sen. James Davis in 1931. The intent of the law was twofold: first, to encourage the use of local contractors and workers on construction projects as the federal government spent huge sums of money to put people back to work; and second, to award projects to contractors based on the skill and efficiency they bring to the job, rather than how little they pay their workers or their ability to avoid paying for benefits. Taxpayers, contractors and workers have been well-served by this legislation since its passage.

Read the entire piece at Oregon Live.

The Oregon Legislature Says, “Build the Bridge!” – Passes HB2800!

On Monday, the Oregon Senate voted to fund the I-5 Bridge Replacement Project (CRC) on a bipartisan vote of 18-11. This represents a major milestone for the I-5 Bridge Replacement project that will create thousands of construction jobs in Oregon. Now all eyes are on the Washington State Legislature.