The New York Labor Law requires government agencies and private contractors engaged in the construction, maintenance or repair of public infrastructure to pay their hourly workers the “prevailing rate” for their trade. Most of the time, this means their workers are required to be paid at least the same rate of pay and benefits that are paid to private sector employees covered by the locally predominant union contract covering the same type of work.
The experienced employment law attorneys of Lichten & Bright, P.C., have been a leader in this area of the law, successfully representing municipal and private sector labor unions, and individual construction workers, in prevailing rate proceedings before the New York City Comptroller and in court. Our work has helped achieve very substantial pay increases for both municipal construction workers and trades workers employed by contractors performing public works projects in New York City, and the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in back pay.
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