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US Labor Department conducting wage survey of building construction projects in New York’s Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties

Industry participation urged to help ensure accurate reflection of wage rates

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a building construction survey in New York’s Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties to collect data on wages paid to workers on all active building construction projects in those counties between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015, New Hampshire between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. This survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The information provided will help establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

“Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates should reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers in the locations where the work takes place. This can only happen with full participation by the construction industry community in Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties,” said Mark Watson, the division's regional administrator for the Northeast. “Participation by contractors and interested parties is crucial. Low response can lead to wage rates that do not reflect wages and incomplete wage determinations, which leads to an increase in requests for additional classifications.”

Notification letters and data collection forms, known as WD-10s, are being sent to interested parties and contractors known to the Wage and Hour Division. Data must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2016, to be included. To complete the survey electronically, visit

You do not need a letter to answer the survey. If you would like to participate, or have questions regarding the survey process or completing the WD-10 form, contact Ellen Hill at 267-687-4031.

Wage and Hour Division
April 21, 2016
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Media Contact: Ted Fitzgerald