NY recovers $35M in stolen wages

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By Staff reports Posted Jan 12, 2019 at 9:58 PM ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that more than $35 million was returned to over 35,000 victims of wage theft in 2018. Since the Governor took office, the State has recovered and returned over $285 million to more than 250,000 workers — the highest total in the nation. “New York State will not …

Did Repealing Indiana’s Prevailing Wage Law Work? (It Didn’t)

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Nick Dmitrovich October 12, 2018 A few weeks ago, Indiana passed the third anniversary mark since state legislators repealed the common construction wage law. Back in July of 2015, when the repeal went into effect, the intent was to provide financial relief for taxpayer-funded projects by reducing costs associated with construction wages. At the time, former Governor Mike Pence, a …

Contractors pegged in alleged $6M fraud (CA)

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By Kim Slowey Nov. 2, 2018 Dive Brief: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced fraud and other charges against two siblings who run a Los Angeles construction company, claiming the two are responsible for at least $6 million in losses to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. One charge alone allegedly resulted in a $500,000 loss to …

Buffalo News: Contractor charged with lying about being a minority/women-owned business

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By Aaron Besecker in the Buffalo News A contractor has been charged with two felonies after claiming to be a state-certified minority or women-owned business when bidding on a project in Ellicottville, according to police. Bradley Kyler, 30, owner of Bucket Pro LLC, submitted a bid to the Village of Ellicottville engineer stating that his business had that state certification, Ellicottville …

Workers cheated as federal contractors prosper

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By Talia Buford and Maryam Jameel for The Center for Public Integrity For 11 years, Karla Quezada assembled sandwiches at the Subway in the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a sprawling complex in downtown Washington, D.C., owned by the U.S. General Services Administration. She routinely worked more than 40 hours a week, with no overtime pay. …

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week in NY and Nationwide

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Get to Know Your Local Unions During National Apprenticeship Week By Spectrum News Staff, Rochester Monroe County and UNiCON Rochester have teamed up to support local workforce development in honor of National Apprenticeship Week. In the Greater Rochester area, there are 15 local building and construction trade unions that provide apprenticeships where people receive classroom and on-the-job experience.  It’s something that Dave Young, the …

Providing A ‘Level Playing Field’ For Workers, Public Bodies, Business Owners & Taxpayers To Ensure ‘All’ Benefit

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Published Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell (HAMBURG, NEW YORK) – Fear – in a word, according to representatives of the non-profit New York Foundation For Fair Contracting, is holding back many Non-Union Construction Workers from reporting wage theft or unsafe working conditions. That’s because they don’t know where to go for help when it comes to being cheated out of their wages and their fringe benefits. And just how would they ever …

NY public works contractor arrested, accused of wage theft

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Authorities arrested a public contractor for allegedly skimming from his employees’ paychecks. Stephon Johnson | 8/23/2018 This week, New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Port Authority Inspector General Michael Nestor announced the arrest of Marjan Kasapinov, 63, for allegedly taking more than $40,000 in wages and benefits from 28 workers employed to work on a publicly funded construction …

US prosecutors target construction firms that “institutionalise theft” from their own workers

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A recent spate of criminal prosecutions in New York and California against builders who don’t pay their workers the agreed wage suggests a hardening mood against corporate graft in the country. In one case, a luxury home-builder in Manhattan has been charged with stealing more than $1.7m from 500 workers through payroll tricks. Previously, failure to pay the correct wage …

WATCH: Working together to build a better New York for all

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WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD A BETTER NEW YORK FOR ALL– Learn More Fair contracting benefits all New Yorkers: workers, tax payers, and business owners. We work to ensure our publicly funded infrastructure is strong, lasts for decades, and is completed efficiently and responsibly. Posted by The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting on Friday, January 12, 2018 Fair contracting benefits …