The Department of Industrial Relations ruled in favor of a Teamster petition to require the prevailing wage for ready-mix drivers who do on- and off-hauling to and from construction sites in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. This means that the minimum rates for this work go from $33.85 to $69.07 per hour.
“This doesn’t change the rate for our members,” says Stu Helfer “because they were already getting the higher rate. However, it protects our standards and brings up the wages of lots of non-union ready-mix drivers when they work on a prevailing wage job.”
This determination had previously been made in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
“Our contractors told us that we have to level the playing field. So we did,” Helfer says with great pride.