Ohio AG Mounts Prevailing Wage Enforcement

CLEVELAND (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says he'll vigorously enforce union-scale prevailing wages required at many publicly financed construction projects.

Dann has announced a legal settlement that will give 452-thousand dollars in wages owed to employees of 19 contractors.

The settlement resolves an investigation of wages paid by contractors removing industrial sediment from the Ashtabula River in far northeast Ohio.

No individual payment breakdown was provided, but 117 employees are due money.

If they each got an equal share, the payments would be almost four-thousand dollars apiece.

Dann says the contractors will also face 113-thousand dollars in prevailing-wage penalties.

Dann is a Democrat elected in November with strong union backing.