Solar jobs? Good jobs? Scofflaws perhaps. I talked with workers on the roof of Lewis and Clark County Library yesterday while they are installing a solar array system.
Are they being paid prevailing wages as electricians – nope. Laborers rates. That’s a violation of Montana law.
Are they licensed electricians putting together the rack system – nope. Another violation of Montana law.
Is the company they are doing electrical work for a licensed electrical company – nope. Another violation of Montana law.
Did a licensed electrical contractor take out a permit and now an unlicensed contractor is doing electrical work under that permit – yup. Another violation of Montana law.
The building in the background of the featured picture is the building where the State Electrical Board and License Compliance is housed out of. Do you think they can see this project from their windows?
The County Commission building is 0.3 miles from the Library and someone there should be responsible to make sure our tax dollars are being spent correctly and people doing electrical work should be paid electrician prevailing wages.
Tomorrow maybe? License checks? Wage compliance? The job will be done next week. Tick tock …
– Keith Allen