City officials: Getting tax breaks on your project? Pay prevailing wage

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has signed an ordinance guaranteeing a prevailing wage for workers on all projects in that receive City of St. Louis incentives.Krewson says the idea is to avoid developers who get tax breaks and then try to hire workers on the cheap."We want to make sure if the city is investing in a project, that the workers are treated fairly and the contractors are treated fairly," Krewson told KMOX.Local labor unions applauded the bill signing. They say, too often, developers were brigning in out-of-town workers to handle projects below the market rate. A prime recent example, they say, is the man who tried to redevelop the former Jefferson Arms Hotel on Tucker downtown. He brought in out of state, non-union workers to remove asbestos from the building and paid them below the market rate."This is very important to our construction workers on city tax incentivized projects -- they'll be getting a fair wage and benefits on any of these projects," said Alderwoman Sarah Martin, who sponsored the ordinance.Additional editing by Alex Degman© 2020 KMOX (Entercom). All rights reserved.