Is survey work covered under the Prevailing Wage Act?
Yes, the work included under the classification of Survey Worker has always been considered prevailing wage work under the Prevailing Wage Act (PWA). The Illinois Department of Labor has enforced the PWA consistent with USDOL’s interpretation and application of survey work on projects subject to the PWA as set forth in USDOL memorandums No. 39 (August 6, 1962) and No. 212 (March 22, 2013) at http://www.wdol.gov/aam.aspx
Is it necessary that an individual performing survey work on a PWA project join a union?
No, an individual working on a PWA project does not need to join a union, but while working on a project subject to the PWA, that individual must be paid the wage rates and benefits for the classification of Survey Worker as set forth in the Department’s prevailing wage schedules which are located on the Department’s website.
If an individual is working on a project that is not subject to the PWA must the Survey Work wage rates and benefits be paid?
No. If the project is not subject to the PWA, then the wage rates and benefits for the classification of Survey Worker would not apply.