California Supreme Court: prevailing wage laws not applicable to Charter Cities

Cal Wathdog reports that in a 5-2 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state’s prevailing wage laws do not apply to public works projects financed entirely by taxpayers residing in one of the state’s 121 chartered cities.

The decision is a huge win for chartered cities. It enables them to save millions of dollars in construction-related labor costs pegged at 21 percent by a UC Berkeley research project. Get ready for a slew of municipal ballot measures in the years ahead as California cities urge residents to convert from General Law cities to Charter City status.


  1. alex says

    actually all this decision does is preserve the status quo. still I guess I just don’t understand how upholding a policy that results in lower wages for workers, lower construction quality for the public, and lower tax collections for gov’t without any cost savings is good for anyone.

    • says

      If it was settled law as you imply it would not have been heard. Nothing wrong with lower or higher wages based on the job and ability, in comparison to blanket inflation of costs and wages across the board for no other reason than encouraging goons to bash windows and forcing apprentices on to the picket line while the bosses go fishing. Your dismissal of non-union contractors is ignorant of the facts and to characterize their work as substandard is slander.