Construction Wage Theft Costs WI, MN, and IL Taxpayers $362 Million Per Year

New study says 1-in-5 construction workers in the Upper Midwest are illegally misclassified as independent contractors or paid off the books La Grange, IL:  With public budgets increasingly strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research by the Illinois Economic Policy … Continue reading Construction Wage Theft Costs WI, MN, and IL Taxpayers $362 Million Per Year

Study: Collective Bargaining Boosts Economy and Strengthens Public Budgets

Union agreements don’t just benefit members, they strengthen communities in era of uncertainty La Grange, IL:  An analysis of eight construction industry collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) in the Chicago metropolitan area details how unionization extends benefits far beyond the paychecks … Continue reading Study: Collective Bargaining Boosts Economy and Strengthens Public Budgets

STUDY: Responsible Bidder Ordinances (RBOs) Boost Competition, Increase Apprenticeship, and Control Costs on Public Projects

When Prevailing Wages Do Not Apply, RBOs Uphold Local Construction Standards La Grange: An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study of more than 1,200 public works projects in Illinois and Indiana finds that local responsible bidder ordinances (RBOs) boost bid … Continue reading STUDY: Responsible Bidder Ordinances (RBOs) Boost Competition, Increase Apprenticeship, and Control Costs on Public Projects

NEW STUDY: Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Repeal Reduced Wages, Exported Jobs and Tax Dollars Out of State, and Failed to Deliver Any Cost Savings

No state that has repealed prevailing wage has seen the benefits claimed by politicians La Grange, Illinois:  For the third time in as many years, state-level research conducted by the nonpartisan Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) has shown that the … Continue reading NEW STUDY: Wisconsin Prevailing Wage Repeal Reduced Wages, Exported Jobs and Tax Dollars Out of State, and Failed to Deliver Any Cost Savings