prevailing wage

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

A sea of red beanies, T-shirts and flags filled the median at 63rd and Paseo in Kansas City Tuesday night as more than 400 people gathered for the final phase of the "Fight for $15's Day of Disruption."

Workers nationwide celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Fight for $15, and the $61.5 billion low-wage workers have reportedly earned since the movement launched in 2012.

The Missouri General Assembly has sent Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, legislation that would provide a targeted roll back of the state's prevailing wage.

The Missouri Senate has passed a House bill that would overhaul the state’s prevailing wage for public works projects. 

Under current state law, the prevailing wage paid to workers of a certain trade is calculated based on surveys from contractors on a public works project.  The bill approved by the Senate last night would instead require wage surveys to be split between union and non-union employers, and the prevailing wage would be set by the group that reported more hours of work. 

Republican Dan Brown of Rolla handled the bill in the Senate.

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would allow some school districts to exempt themselves from the prevailing wage requirement for construction and maintenance projects. 

The sponsor, Republican Casey Guernsey of Harrison County, says it will allow rural schools in particular to be able to afford much-needed expansions and upgrades.