A new Denno Research survey commissioned by the IBEW NECA 665 and IBEW NECA 252 asked residents in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw counties questions related to the electrical construction industry and specifically, about prevailing wage laws.
The survey found that 86.3 percent of residents "do not want local school and government officials to automatically choose the cheapest bidder for electrical construction projects, instead, they should consider factors such as the amount of safety training electricians have completed" according to the release.
"Following PA 105 of 2015 and the repeal of Michigan's prevailing wage law, many local officials may mistakenly believe they are obligated to choose the cheapest qualified electrical contractor for construction jobs. They are not," said labor attorney Jon CANZANO. "Local officials are perfectly within their rights to set certain responsibility criteria to help guide their decisions."