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Area weatherization workers prevailing wages defined

01.13.11

JANUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Area weatherization workers prevailing wages defined

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, January 2nd- The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division released Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage rates for weatherization of residential structures as those structures defined in the All Agency Memorandum Program through the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

The primary purpose of the project for which this wage determination is being issued is weatherization and is not for the nenovation, repair, or new construction of residential structures. All other types of residential construction projects are subject to the published general residential wage determinations for the State of Pennsylvania.

General weatherization work for the purpose of this wage determination is defined as minor repairs, batt insulation, blown insulation, window and door repair, and weather stripping, solar film installation, air sealing, caulking, minor or incidental structural repairs, duct sealing, air sealing, installation of light bulbs, and installation of smoke detectors. In Pennsylvania, the Department’s survey determined as a matter of prevailing practice that these duties are performed by a weatherization worker classification.

Additionally, specially weatherization work is defined as the;

• replacement of doors and windows;
• installation and repair of furance/cooling (HVAC) systems and all
associated work involved with the installation of the HVAC system including
electrical, pipe, and duct work.

In Pennsylvania the Department of Energy determined that the duties described above are to be performed by a window and door replacement worker, and by an HVAC worker.

In Pennsylvania wage payment data submitted includes wage data information for a weatherization crew chief classification. This classification of worker is essentially a working foreman who performs the same tasks as the weatherization worker, but who is repsonsible for supervision, job oversight, forms completion, work assignments and quality assurance.

The prevailing rates listed are the minimum rates that may be paid for the classification for the work performed. Wage rates are based strickly on work performed and are not based on the employee’s level of experience, seniority, ability, ect.

Workers preforming the work descibed are due at least the wages listed.

The three classifications listed under the Weatherization Survey Wage Determination are the classifications and rates determined to be prevailing for weatherization work and are based on wage data submitted in response to the weatherization survey. Weatherization work, as well as the specific duties that may be performed by these three classifications, is defined on this project decision.

According to the wage chart, weatherization workers in the Lehigh Valley will earn more than workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania for doing the same performed work.

In Luzerne County, Lackawanna County and Wyoming County the prefvailing wage is $14.97 an hour for electrical workers; $15.46 an hour for workers performing carpentry; $10.30 an hour for doors and windows replacement workers; $16.77 an hour for heating and cooling repair, installation workers and $10.30 an hour for weatherization workers.

A worker preforming carpentry work will earn at least $15.94 an hour; while an electrical worker will earn at least $25.44 an hour in Northampton County. A worker preforming carpentry work will earn at least $15.94 an hour while a electrical worker will earn at least $20.09 an hour in Lehigh County.

The wages quoted does not include fringe benefits.

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