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NYS Should Expand Prevailing Wage

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Fred Kotler

In his March 27 article in the "Gotham Gazette," ILR External Relations Senior Adviser Fred Kotler writes:"

Massive unemployment following a period of slow recovery left 19 percent of Americans out of work. That was in 1938, when New York officially wrote the prevailing wage into the state constitution, requiring projects that receive taxpayer funds to pay fair wages to their workers. Still deep into the Great Depression, New Yorkers understood that blue collar workers were the foundation of the economy and key to sustained economic growth."

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