The Wage Payment Act applies to complaints by state and local public employees.
(1) An apprentice employed on a public works project may be compensated at the prevailing hourly rate of apprentices in that locality if there is a valid apprenticeship agreement in existence. (2) An apprenticeship agreement may be filed with the Washington state apprenticeship council by employers voluntarily electing to come under the apprenticeship laws (RCW 49.04.070) but registration of such agreements is not required. (3) Under rules and regulations promulgated by the secretary of labor an apprenticeship agreement must be filed with the state of Washington apprenticeship council if an employer in the state of Washington is to gain an exemption from the "Davis-Bacon Act" and the "Walsh-Healy Act."
A political subdivision may pay union employees the basic prevailing wage for the area including amount bargained for as health-welfare fund and with consent of the employee remit amount deducted directly to the trustee of said fund.