Cook County Prevailing Wage Task Force seeks input from mayors
Cook Bounty board meeting on the Prevailing Wage Ordinance. Image courtesy of Mayor Riley Rogers
Back in March, south suburban municipal leaders united in an extraordinary display of solidarity. Mayors, village presidents and managers from about 50 different communities appealed directly to Cook County commissioners. An ordinance requiring private developers to pay prevailing wages to construction workers in order to receive economic development incentives would cripple business investment in the Southland, they warned. Cook County commissioners approved the requirements despite the objections. But the board decided to delay implementation until Sept. 1 and agreed to form a task force to address concerns… Click here for Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.
Background on Cook County Prevailing Wage Task Force
On March 14, 2018, Cook County commissioners approved the Prevailing Wage Ordinance despite the objections of municipal and business leaders. Read more here. At that time, the County board also decided to delay implementation until Sept. 1 and agreed to form a task force to address concerns. SSMMA President and Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry was selected to serve on the task force, representing SSMMA, and SSMMA member Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau will serve representing the Southwest Conference of Mayors. Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jim Garrett is also a member. Click here for a complete list of the task force members. The task force met for the first time on June 19 and is scheduled to meet again on July 30.