May 1, 2003

To: Interested Parties

On March 4, 2003, the Acting Director of the Department of Industrial Relations issued precedential public works coverage determinations in Public Works Case No. 2000-027, Cuesta College/Offsite Fabrication of Sheet Metal Work, and Public Works Case No. 2002-064, City of San Jose/SJSU Joint Library Project, Off-Site Fabrication by Helix Electric. Both determinations have been administratively appealed. The Acting Director has stayed implementation of the tests set forth in the above determinations concerning public works coverage of off-site fabrication until resolution of the appeals. Meanwhile, questions have also arisen as to whether a similar test should be applied to off-site fabrication in other crafts in the building industry.

Please take notice that the Acting Director will hold the following public forums to receive public comment on issues pertaining to prevailing wage coverage of off-site fabrication:

June 2, 2003
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Elihu Harris State Building
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California
June 5, 2003
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Building
320 West Fourth Street
Los Angeles, California
June 6, 2003
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Silver Room
San Diego Concourse
202 "C" Street
San Diego, California

Interested parties are invited to attend and comment, and/or to submit written comments. Due to the anticipated volume of comments, a time limit for speakers is expected to be necessary. Individuals will be limited to five minutes, and organizational representatives will be limited to fifteen minutes. These limits may be relaxed if time permits.

Written comments may be submitted at the forums, or to Wynn Norona, Office of the Director Legal Unit, P. O. Box 420603, San Francisco, California 94142-0603, no later than June 15, 2003.

Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. at each forum. Persons wishing to speak must fill out a speaker's card. Speakers will be recognized in the order their cards are received. There will be a lunch break from noon to 1:00 p.m., and brief recesses in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.