HELP US PUT AN END TO THESE DISHONEST PRACTICES
LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP
Carpentry is more than a job. It is a time-honored, respected craft. Carpenters are the craftspeople who build the schools, office buildings and apartments that keep our economy moving and provide all families with opportunities to live, work and learn.
Unfortunately, some contractors are defrauding carpenters of their employee rights. Cheating contractors are profiting by requiring carpenters to become independent contractors, knowing these workers get paid less and are not covered by workers compensation insurance if they get hurt on the job.
The misclassification of carpenters can have far-reaching effects on our economy. Billions of dollars in tax revenue are lost every year due to tax fraud — leading to less work and higher taxes. Cheating contractors are taking advantage of their workers, the government and their communities, resulting in higher insurance rates and health care costs for everyone.
HOW CAN YOU HELP RESPECT THE CRAFT?
Educate yourself: Research contractors building in your neighborhood and find out if they have a history of bad business practices that hurt workers. Understand the underlying issues and symptoms of labor exploitation so you know what to look for in your neighborhood. Sign up to our mailing list for updates.
Speak up in support of workers: If you suspect workers are being taken advantage of, let us know and we’ll look into it. If a contractor in your neighborhood has a history of exploiting workers, speak up and pressure cheating contractors to clean up their act and treat workers fairly.
Talk with lawmakers: Encourage lawmakers to enforce the laws and take a stand against those who cheat the system and put carpenters and their families at risk.