By Miriam Raftery
July 31, 2013 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council yesterday enacted a significant reform benefitting city workers. Mayor Bob Filner’s proposal to require that construction workers on city projects be paid a prevailing wage won approval in a 5 to 4 vote. The prevailing wage is defined as the most commonly paid wage for a particular type of work in San Diego County.
“This decision to pay a fair, livable wage to the hard working men and women in the construction business is long overdue,” said Mayor Filner. “I applaud the City Councilmembers who stood up to do the right thing and voted in favor of the Prevailing Wage Ordinance.”
Members of several construction trade organizations packed Council chambers in support of the ordinance.The Mayor introduced this ordinance in April of this year. It will go into effect in January 2014.
The passage is significant on another front, coming amid claims touted in the media of paralysis in city government amid controversies facing the Mayor, including a lawsuit and allegations by multiple women claiming sexual harassment as well as a counter-suit by the city against Mayor Filner over the related legal costs. Mayor Filner has stated that he will enter a two-week rehab program in August but has refused calls to resign. Meanwhile a recall election effort was also launched this week.