KCK wage law killed
Cities and counties in Kansas will be barred from requiring private contractors to pay union-scale wages on public projects, starting in July. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Tuesday to prohibit local governments from requiring private firms to pay employees more than the federal minimum wage for work on public contracts.
The prevailing wage rates are set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Wyandotte County has a prevailing wage policy that will be repealed by the new law.
Brownback’s fellow Republicans say such a law will lower the cost of public projects. Democrats say prevailing wage policies don’t boost costs and ensure that workers earn a decent living.
Opel plant closing
General Motors’ money-losing Opel division has confirmed it plans to end production at its Bochum plant in Germany by the end of 2014.
A majority of the 3,200 workers at the plant, who assemble the Zafira compact, rejected a compromise that would have extended some production.
GM has vowed to turn around Opel and last week said it would invest an additional 4 billion euros in the unit. But the European car market keeps shrinking. Sales in March dropped for the 18th straight month, led by declines in Germany and France.
| Star news services