POLITICS & ACTIVISM
The Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters encourages our more than 35,000 members to be active in the political process by exercising their right to vote and by volunteering.
We pursue Carpenter Politics, a nonpartisan effort to support candidates and legislative measures that support our members’ interests and values through workers’ rights, investment in infrastructure and fair trade.
When Union Carpenters Vote, Politicians Listen
Our members vote to protect the issues they care about most:
• Good Union Jobs
• On-the-Job Safety
• Access to Real Training
• Protection from Harmful Right-to-Work Laws
• Protecting Prevailing Wage
• Fighting Employer Misclassification and Worker Misclassification
Construction Industry Tax Fraud Costs Taxpayers over $2.6 Billion a Year
Tax Fraud or Worker Misclassification occurs when workers are paid off the books by shady subcontractors and labor brokers, who are hired by contractors to underbid law-abiding businesses. By paying workers “off the books” contractors don’t have to pay local, state and federal taxes or pay into programs like social security and worker’s compensation. It’s an illegal practice that hurts IKORCC members and the communities they live in.
RIGHT TO WORK
It is not about freedom. It is about taking money out of our pockets
In state after state, politicians who support Right to Work have tried to drive down our wages, standards and benefits. Right to Work costs us good jobs by limiting our ability to negotiate for fair pay. Research from Indiana, where Right to Work laws passed, proves these laws lead to lower wages and a decrease in productivity and skilled labor.
PREVAILING WAGE LAWS
Making life livable for the working class
Prevailing wage laws protect our communities by allowing local contractors to compete on a level playing field. Under these laws, contractors must pay the prevailing wage – which combines the basic hourly rate and any benefits. The federal prevailing wage law called the Davis Bacon Act ensures workers receive the prevailing wage for their work on federally funded projects. Many states also have prevailing wage or common construction wage laws. Research from Indiana, where common construction wage laws were repealed, proves that repealing prevailing wage reduces worker pay and does not save the state money.