Welcome to our newsletter! You will find important updates and industry related news, along with upcoming speaking events and educational opportunities. Thank you for your interest in CCMI.

Sincerely,




Deborah Wilder
CCMI President 

 
WHATS NEW?     
 

DIR Refuses to Recognize IBEW Contract for Traffic Signal and Streetlight Maintenance as Prevailing
 
The DIR recently rejected a collective bargaining agreement entered into by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to address the concerns of those specialty contractor who engage in Traffic and Street Lighting Maintenance. A specific set of wage rates were agreed to over a decade ago. (much of which involves testing and changing bulbs). This statewide agreement would set industry standard wages across the state for this work. DIR rejected the original agreement in 2006 and has recently stated this contract does not establish prevailing wages. No further explanation was given. The contractor was referred to either Inside Wireman rates and scope of work or that of Electrical Utility Lineman. Neither of those classifications capture the skill set or tasks performed by those who provide Traffic Signal and Streetlight Maintenance. Once again cities and the public are being forced to pay expensive uncompetitive rates for this work.

Street Sweeping is Covered by Prevailing Wages

CCMI was recently asked to research whether street sweeping is considered janitorial work and excluded from prevailing wage requirements.   In two "coverage determinations" issued by the DIR in 2001-2002, the DIR found that Street Sweeping was considered maintenance work for which prevailing wages were due. Many cities have referred to a 2005 coverage determination involving  the City of Santa Clarita. In that instance, the DIR found that street sweeping was not covered by prevailing wages. However, the key factor in the Santa Clarita case is that it is was City employees that operated the street sweeper. Employees of Public Agencies are exempt from prevailing wage requirements but not outside contractors.
 
 
UPCOMING SEMINARS AND SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES

Join CCMI at some of our 2019 Training Opportunities

April 11th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. What Every Contractor Should Know About Prevailing Wages, Sacramento. Sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California. Contact www.abcnorcal.org for more information. 
 
April 14-17. NACE Conference , Wichita, Kansas.  Join CCMI as it exhibits and participates in this national conference for County Engineers.  For more information: www.countyengineers.org  

April 23-24, P3 Water Summit , San Diego. Join CCMI as we exhibit and participate in this event promoting Public Private Partnerships in the construction of water resources. Contact:  www.p3watersummit.com 
 
May 28-31, LCPtracker Ignite Annual Conference, Huntington Beach, California. Deborah Wilder and Jessica Finau will be conducting several workshops for Public Agencies and Contractors on May 29 and 30. Do not miss out on this great conference. For more information and to register, contact

 
Want to schedule your own prevailing wage workshop?
We will customize a workshop or webinar for you and your Agency/Company. Contact us at : info@ccmilcp.com 

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FROM THE INBOX....
You asked, we answered!

QUESTION:  
Why is this privately funded project subject to prevailing wages?
 
 
ANSWER:
CCMI has had a lot of inquires this month as to how prevailing wages can apply to projects which are built with 100% private funding. The California Labor Code Section 1720 has identified several situations when prevailing wage can be triggered by public agencies without an actual award of funding. For example, a developer which purchases land from a public agency for less than market value is deemed to have received a value from the agency and that will trigger the payment of prevailing wages and make the project a "public works" project requiring the filing of a PWC-100 form, contractor registration and the submission of eCPRs along with the payment of prevailing wages. Be aware that the Public Agency and/or the DIR has jurisdiction to request CPRs, audit the project and impose penalties for any underpayment of prevailing wages.
 
From a Davis Bacon perspective, the fact that a developer will accept Section 8 Housing Voucher after construction is complete is enough to trigger Davis Bacon wages for housing projects.
 
Feel free to send your questions to info@ccmilcp.com 


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CCMI is not just another firm....

We are not merely a "consulting" firm, but rather a team of individuals who understand the needs of the Public Entity and contractors to "get the project done." Our staff includes retired contractors, auditors, attorneys and industry veterans.