Mass. construction unions claim prevailing wage `loophole'

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BOSTON — Massachusetts building trades unions on Monday advocated in Boston for passage of a bill to close what they're calling a loophole in the prevailing wage law. Contractors are required to pay, at a minimum, a prevailing wage to workers on public works projects in Massachusetts.

Labor leaders said some contractors skirt the state's prevailing wage laws by refusing to pay the prevailing wage for prefabrication and assembly work that is being done off-site. Unions are backing the bill, which would mandate the prevailing wage law cover off-site work, too.

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