New Massachusetts Senator Ed markey has sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) suggesting that companies such as Beneco may be teaching federal contractors how to evade the prevailing wage.
Markey notes that he has received several complaints from his constituents about an upcoming Beneco seminar being touted by flyers reading, “Stop Spoiling Your Hourly Employees with High Prevailing Wage Rates.” The flyers also advertise that Beneco’s plan to cheat employees out of prevailing wages is not proprietary to them but is instrad approved “nationwide by the Department of Labor.” Markey has requested that Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez send DOL officials to the seminar to investigate. From from the release:
“Prevailing wages are not something employees are spoiled by receiving, but are an inherent right of workers employed on federal construction contracts,” writes Senator Markey, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “As union workers build our roads, bridges and homes, we cannot allow anyone to tear down the cornerstone law that guarantees they are paid a fair wage,” said Senator Markey in separate comments. “We need to ensure that Massachusetts workers and workers across the country are not deprived of wages they are entitled to under the law, and I look forward to hearing from the Department of Labor on this critical issue.”
Markey sent a similar letter to the IRS requesting that the agency investigate Beneco and notes that Beneco’s website advertises their plan as being IRS approved as well. Federal regulations prohibit false advertising of products or services via claims of approval or endorsement by an agency of the federal government.
Markey has served in Congress since 1976. This summer he defeated challenger Gabriel Gomez in a special election to fill John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat.