Roadway Quality Assurance Act Officially Signed by Hochul

J.M. Lesinski
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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed into law the Roadway Quality Assurance Act, a critical piece of legislation that aims to ensure New York state construction workers will be paid the prevailing wage, furthering goals at improving protections and rights for a large amount of project employees.

"Our construction workers keep New Yorkers moving but are often underpaid for their hard and impactful work," Hochul commented of the legislation. “I am proud to sign this legislation that will provide construction workers with fair wages and allow them to support themselves, their families, and our local economy.”

The Roadway Quality Assurance Act legislation (S.4887/A.5608) officially mandates that any utility companies, contractors, and subcontractors must pay the current prevailing wage to any employee on a project where a permit to use, excavate, or open a street is required to be issued.

“We thank Governor Hochul for signing this important piece of legislation that will benefit construction workers across New York,” remarked Gary LaBarbera, President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council of the legislation. “Prevailing wages provide meaningful benefits to workers and the economy, as they enable the Building Trades to continue creating middle class family-sustaining careers. The new law will protect public safety and utility service reliability by ensuring these roadway excavation projects utilize a highly trained and skilled workforce. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and our partners in the Legislature on other meaningful policies to benefit workers throughout this great State.”

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