The Montana Department of Labor & Industry is conducting the annual nonconstruction services survey for 2021 prevailing wage occupations.  Montana law requires the prevailing wage rate setting process to ensure that employers can bid competitively on public works projects.  Submission of your data helps us establish accurate prevailing wage rates for state and local public works projects in your area involving public funding for:

(a) The maintenance of publicly owned buildings and facilities including highways, roads, streets and alleys;
(b) Custodial or security services for publicly owned buildings and facilities;
(c) Grounds maintenance for publicly owned property;
(d) The operation of public drinking water supply, waste collection, and waste disposal systems;
(e) Law enforcement, including janitors and prison guards;
(f) Fire protection;
(g) Public or school transportation driving;
(h) Nursing, nurse’s aid services, and medical laboratory technician services;
(i) Material and mail handling;
(j) Food service and cooking;
(k) Motor vehicle and construction equipment repair and servicing; and,
(l) Appliance and office machine repair and servicing.

Submission of data is voluntary; however, pursuant to Administrative Rules of Montana 24.17.119(7), 24.17.120(7) and 24.17.121(7), parties having information on wage rates or collective bargaining agreements have the obligation to provide such information for consideration by the department. Your data has an impact on the rates, and we encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the enclosed survey, as wage information we do not receive will not be considered in setting the standard prevailing rate of wages.

We need hourly wage, hourly fringe benefit, travel/per diem, and zone pay data for work performed in Montana during your peak month of employment for the period of March 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020. Please provide data by the district for building construction work performed on commercial, industrial, and government buildings, and statewide for work performed on heavy construction and highway construction projects.

If you need assistance, have questions, wish to receive prevailing wage survey materials via email instead of regular mail, or if your firm has no data to report, you may send an email to msmith3@mt.gov (please provide your survey number) or give me a call at (406) 444-1741. Please refer to the "prevailing wage survey" when you call.

In order to ensure your data is used in the rate setting process, survey forms and collective bargaining agreements must be returned to the Department of Labor & Industry on or before June 30, 2021.

Thank you for your time. We appreciate your help with this survey.

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