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Labor Resources

Prevailing wage requirements apply to public work projects and building services in New York City under the State Labor Law. City law establishes living wage requirements for certain types of contracts for building services, day care, Head Start, home care, food services, temporary workers and services to persons with cerebral palsy. The following are links to information on wage requirements in New York City and other important labor related information.

Click here to view current and archived Prevailing Wage and Living Wage schedules effective in New York City
Click here to download a Prevailing Wage Compliance presentation
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions - Public Work - Article 8, Section 220, Labor Law
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions - Prevailing Wage for Building Service Employees – Article 9, Section 230 Labor Law
Click here to learn more about Project Labor Agreements
Click here to learn more about the Construction Industry Fair Play Act
Labor Initiatives

Prevailing Wage and Living Wage Oversight

Signed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on July 18, 2007, Executive Order 102: Prevailing Wage and Living Wage Requirements in City Contracts mandates the provision of additional oversight, training and resources by MOCS to ensure compliance with New York State Labor Laws 220 (workers on public works projects) and 230 (workers on building maintenance) and section 6-109 of the New York City Administrative Code (living wage—selected occupations). Though its Labor Compliance unit, MOCS oversees Mayoral agency activities to ensure that city vendors are complying with all labor-related laws.  In addition, MOCS holds several formalized training classes each year on labor issues for City agency staff, and does additional educational outreach at the request of agencies.

In Fiscal 2013, the City awarded 948 contracts, valued at $2.1 billion, subject to prevailing wage requirements and 256 contracts, valued at $1.9 billion, subject to the Living Wage Law. EDC also processed 29 contract actions, valued at $157 million, for work subject to prevailing wage requirements.  MOCS conducted 25 prevailing wage reviews during Fiscal 2013, approving all of the relevant awards. Agencies that have been delegated this responsibility reviewed and approved an additional 21 awards. Of the 46 approved awards, 39 resulted in registered contracts during Fiscal 2013; the other seven contracts remained pending as of the end of the fiscal year.

The prevailing rates of wages and supplements are determined annually on July 1 of each year and are effective through June 30, e.g. July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.  Prevailing rates are generally determined through collective bargaining agreements between bona fide labor organizations and employers of the private sector, provided that said employers employ at least 30% of workers in the same trade or occupation in the locality where the work is being performed.  

In New York City, Prevailing Wage and Living Wage rates are determined and kept up to date by the New York City Comptroller.

Apprenticeship Program

Pursuant to authority granted to the City of New York under State Labor Law 816-b, MOCS oversees City agency compliance with the requirement that certain construction and construction-related maintenance contractors maintain apprenticeship agreements with programs registered with, and approved by, the New York State Department of Labor. The apprenticeship program directive, issued by MOCS on January 18, 2007, applies to individual construction contracts and construction-related maintenance contracts over $3 million that use apprenticeable construction-related trade classifications. Additionally, projects with an overall value of more than $5 million which have individual construction contracts that use apprenticeable construction-related trade classifications over $1 million are covered. If a prime contract is subject to the apprenticeship requirements, any subcontracts over $1 million are also covered by the program.

In Fiscal 2013, City agencies registered 49 construction contracts that fell under the Apprenticeship Directive, representing a total value of nearly $507 million. In addition to these contracts, the City awarded 58 construction contracts (valued at just under $728 million) under the City’s PLAs. While contracts subject to a PLA are technically exempt from the Apprenticeship Directive, the terms of the PLA require all contractors working on PLA projects to participate in the union-affiliated apprentice programs. Thus, an additional $728 million in construction contracts had apprenticeship participation via the PLAs. An additional $599 million of construction contracts went to firms that participate in apprentice programs, although the specific procurements did not require apprentice participation. The number of emergency contracts related to Hurricane Sandy dramatically increased the volume of contracts which were not subject to the Apprenticeship Directive or the PLAs. All told, 83% of the value of construction contracts registered in Fiscal 2013 supported apprenticeship participation.


Apprenticeship Program Fact Sheet