Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey are proposing an ordinance to require contractors and subcontractors on construction and infrastructure contracts to participate in an Apprenticeship Training Program with apprentices employed on applicable projects with appropriate compensation based on prevailing wage rates.
The proposed ordinance would create more job opportunities for individuals interested in the trades unions, and encourage more residents to consider a career in the industry.
“The ordinance places an added focus on requiring construction companies to utilize local labor at adequate pay, creating more gainful employment for Jersey City residents,” Fulop said. “As we continue to see positive growth, it’s important we ensure the opportunities created support the greater good of our city.”
“As people are working their way through their apprenticeship toward entering a union, it’s important for them to make an appropriate living wage to support themselves and their families,” Prinz-Arey said. “This ordinance is the latest step amid numerous efforts by this administration to create more opportunities for local residents.”
Contracts for projects that are subject to the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act will require the contractor and any subcontractors to prove they are complying with the ordinance by providing apprentices with not only highly specialized hands-on training, but also technical classroom instruction to afford workers the opportunity to enhance their skills and help further future career opportunities.