EDISON, NJ--The following is a response from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary Treasurer John Ballantyne, regarding the March 9th Buffalo News Article:
"The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters have consistently prided ourselves on aggressively advocating on behalf of workers in the construction industry, whether they are our members or not. The March 9, 2017 article printed by the Buffalo News does not accurately reflect a conversation had with our representative concerning organizing activities or the views of our union concerning immigration.
We have advocated for reform in the area of employee misclassification in the construction industry for years. This exploitation of workers cheats not only those workers, but honest businesses and taxpayers. This was the sole focus of our activity as it relates to the projects mentioned in the article.
We are NOT immigration officials nor do we devote resources or direct our personnel to conduct themselves as such. The article falsely claims that members of our organization alerted immigration officials concerning the specific raids mentioned in the story. I will state unequivocally that the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters has not and will not conduct such activities.
We are proud of our efforts to support ALL workers' rights. Any allegation to the contrary is patently false."