A new study released today finds that prevailing wage greatly improves economic outcomes for veterans. As many as 2,300 blue-collar veterans in Minnesota would be expected to separate from their construction jobs if Minnesota were to weaken or repeal its prevailing wage law.
Veterans are more likely to work in construction than non-veterans. Nationally, veterans account for 5.8% of the overall workforce but comprise 6.9% of all blue-collar construction workers. In Minnesota, veterans make up an even larger share of the construction workforce. Approximately 9.6% of all blue-collar construction workers in Minnesota are military veterans, above neighboring states and well above the 6.9% U.S. average. Continue reading “Prevailing Wage and Military Veterans in Minnesota”