Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Carpenters file complaint against contractors for DA's offices
WORCESTER — Five out-of-state, undocumented immigrant carpenters have filed a nonpayment complaint against the contractor and subcontractor who are renovating a downtown building into offices for the Worcester district attorney’s office.
Carpenters Local 107 said they will strike in support of the workers until they are paid.
“We help union and nonunion carpenters,” said Jack Donahue, business manager for Carpenters Local 107. “These guys have nowhere else to go.”
The workers and several union members held signs this morning in front of the five-story, 18th-century building at 180 Main St. The renovation is estimated at $3.5 million.
Mr. Donahue said that Drycon misclassified the five workers as 1099 workers (independent contractors) instead of employees, and then told them they would not pay because the men did not have proof of Massachusetts insurance.