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Union: Drywallers working in Douglas County Courthouse were misclassified, denied appropriate compensation

NOVEMBER 2016 via Omaha World Herald: About 75 laborers and community advocates demonstrated outside the Douglas County Courthouse on Tuesday to demand enforcement of the Nebraska Employment Classification Act. Their spokesman, union representative Steven Mulcahy, said drywallers on a courthouse renovation job had been misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. That meant that the […]

Carpenters protest at courthouse – Omaha

NOVEMBER 2016 – via KMTV News Local carpenters are taking a stand against what they are calling payroll fraud. [On November 1, 2016] they marched outside of the Douglas County Courthouse to bring attention to an issue they say has been going on for far too long. The carpenters say they are holding rallies in […]

Southwest Journal publishes “Shortchanged: An in-depth look at wage theft”

Southwest Journal, a community newspaper based in Southwest Minneapolis, recently published a special report series detailing the effects of wage theft on workers in Minnesota. Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a local nonprofit that advocates on behalf of Hispanic workers’ rights, is quoted in some of the content. Highlights from How to ensure fair pay […]

An Advocate’s Experience with Payroll Fraud: Rev. Doug Mork

  For Rev. Doug Mork of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Center, Minn., the issue of payroll fraud is personal. Rev. Mork began his career as an organizer in the Deep South for six years and has been a longtime advocate for workers’ rights. Now a member of the Board of Directors for […]

A Carpenter’s Experience with Payroll Fraud: Meet Isabel

Imagine never being paid for the work you provide day in and day out for your employer. Unfortunately, this is a reality for carpenters across the United States. In fact: workers are cheated out of $50 billion each year across the country. Isabel, a 12-year construction industry veteran, was introduced to carpentry by a labor […]

A Carpenter’s Experience with Payroll Fraud: Meet Fidel

Fidel has worked in construction for 14 years. For 13 of those years he worked long 14-hour days for cash, being paid under the table. That was if he was lucky enough to even be paid. He recalls many times when he called company contractors who employed him to receive his paycheck only to find […]

A Carpenter’s Experience with Payroll Fraud: Meet Jesus

It seems simple: The act of gathering around the dinner table with our loved ones. Not every worker, though, has the luxury of taking time out of their busy work day to partake in the pleasures of family life. Some are forced to work grueling schedules for little pay, with the hopes that one day […]

A Wife’s Experience with Payroll Fraud: Meet Laura

The setting: It’s your son’s 4th birthday and the whole family is over. Kids are running around the cramped living room and the birthday boy runs over to show you his new action figure. The wedding band on your finger only serves as a reminder of who isn’t there. Laura, the wife of Jesus, watched […]

Carpenters Union uncovers payroll fraud of nearly $70,000

FEBRUARY 2016 — A joint enforcement effort between North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Fair Contracting Foundation of Minnesota (FCF) led to payroll fraud complaints against Hunt’s Carpet Service, Inc., of Minneapolis. The complaints, filed with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department, led to a recovery of nearly […]