IBEW’s Malbin to co-chair prevailing wage advisory panel

Norman Malbin, in-house counsel for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, has been named labor co-chair of the Prevailing Wage Advisory Committee (PWAC) by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

Shawn Miller, counsel for Associated Builders and Contractors and the Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon, was named management co-chair.

PWAC was created by legislative action in 2003, directing the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries to appoint an equal number of representatives from management and labor in the building and construction industry who perform work on public works contracts. The committee is charged with advising the labor commissioner on matters regarding the prevailing wage rate laws that apply to public construction projects.

Previous co-chairs Don Kool of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 290 (retired), and Jim McKune, chief operating officer of Emerick Construction Co., completed their terms at PWAC’s Jan. 20 meeting.

Malbin and Miller will take charge Feb. 1.

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