• Relevant sections of collective bargaining agreements between organized and management are being provided below as these agreements provide guidance to the Department when setting prevailing wage rates. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 149, sec. 26  “…The rate per hour of the wages paid to said mechanics and apprentices, teamsters, chauffeurs and laborers in the construction of public works shall not be less than the rate or rates of wages to be determined by the commissioner as hereinafter provided….in any of the towns where the works are to be constructed, a wage rate or wage rates have been established in certain trades and occupations by collective agreements or understandings in the private construction industry between organized labor and employers, the rate or rates to be paid on said works shall not be less than the rates so established.”