Redskins to pay the prevailing wage for roads

November 14, 1996|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Ending a standoff with the Glendening administration, the Washington Redskins have agreed to pay prevailing wages for state-funded highway construction near the team's new stadium in Prince George's County, state officials said yesterday.

The agreement will allow the Redskins to begin work on several state road projects. The state will pay for the projects -- at a cost of $26.8 million -- but has agreed to let the Redskins manage the work in hope of speeding completion.

In all, the state has agreed to contribute as much as $70.5 million toward the stadium development -- for a parking lot and other improvements at the site and for upgrades of several county roads, in addition to the improvements to state roads.

The two sides are continuing to discuss whether prevailing wages must be paid for the remaining work.

The team hopes to have all the work done by August, in time for the scheduled opening of the Landover stadium.

"We will continue to work closely with the Redskins to ensure the timely completion of this project," state Transportation Secretary David L. Winstead said.

Team representatives had said that state law enacted this year exempted the highway projects from the usual requirements that workers be paid the prevailing wage.

But representatives of Gov. Parris N. Glendening insisted that the administration had never intended to allow such an exemption and pressed the team through negotiations that lasted several months.

The state has long had a prevailing-wage law similar to the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which requires that companies working on government projects pay a wage rate that usually is comparable to union scale.

Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is paying for the stadium himself, at a cost of at least $170 million.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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