Unionization ‘Not Necessary’ for Projects, Fed Official Says
Governor Signs Minimum Wage Order for Construction Workers
The White House infrastructure coordinator said last week that Puerto Rico construction companies would not “necessarily” be required to affiliate their workers with stateside-based unions to obtain federal reconstruction contracts, as Gov. Pedro Pierluisi issued an executive order establishing higher minimum wages for workers
in these types of projects.
Federal officials announced last week that $219 million—the first allocation of the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act of 2021—will be made available to Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories to repair and rebuild roads and bridges during federal fiscal year 2022, ending Sept. 30. Puerto Rico would receive $173 million during the current fiscal year to pay for “critical infrastructure needs,” part of the $900 million the island should receive over the next five years under the bipartisan infrastructure law. Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said in a press conference last Thursday.
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