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    :: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 ::

    Builders wary of wage rules - By JON BELL, Portland Tribune, OR
    Essentially a minimum wage for construction workers on public works projects, prevailing wages became state law in 1959. They are set every year by the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, which surveys contractors annually to find out what wages are being paid on projects in 14 regions across the state.

    Laborers working on projects deemed public works must be paid at least the prevailing rate. A concrete worker in the Portland region working on a project where prevailing wages apply would earn a minimum of $24.68 an hour.
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