Prevailing Wage

Construction workers on a public works project have the right to the area prevailing wage.  Prevailing includes both a wage rate and a fringe (supplemental) benefit rate.  See the chart below for sample prevailing wage rates effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.  You can find more information regarding current rates on the NYS DOL website; further information about rates pre-July 2022 can be found here.  If you think you were underpaid on a job, please contact a NYFFC representative.
Heavy & Highway
$37.52 per hour
$23.80 per hour
Heavy & Highway
$37.19 per hour
$25.40 per hour
Operating Engineer
Heavy & Highway
$49.42 per hour
$30.75 per hour

Safe Work Environment

All workers are deserving of a safe work environment.  If you believe you are in immediate danger because of the conditions at your worksite, contact your local OSHA representative.  If you know or believe to be working with asbestos at a jobsite, you can also contact the NYS Asbestos Control Bureau.  You may also contact an NYFFC representative.

Discrimination and Harassment

A worker has the right to work free from discrimination and harassment. If you feel you’ve been the victim of discrimination on account of your race, gender, national origin, sex, disability, age, or other protected status, you may contact the NYS Division of Human Rights.  If you feel you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment at your workplace, you may contact the NYSDHR.

Concerted Action for the Benefit of Himself and His Fellow Workers

All workers, regardless of their current status as members of a labor union, have the right to engage in protected concerted activity at work.  Protected concerted activity means taking action, raising complaints, or otherwise engaging with management to improve the terms and conditions of employment for yourself and fellow workers.  If you think you’ve been retaliated against because of your protected concerted activity, you may contact the National Labor Relations Board at (716) 551-4931 (Buffalo) or (518) 816-0909 (Albany) or (718) 330-7713 (New York City).