New York Announces 'Wage Theft Initiative' to Deter Exploitation of Workers

New York Announces 'Wage Theft Initiative' to Deter Exploitation of Workers

On Monday, December 4, 2017, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Hudson Valley Team Lead Scott Smith and Long Island Team Lead Anthony Macagnone attended an event with New York officials and district attorneys to announce a new initiative to crack down on wage theft in the construction industry. 

Since the start of 2017, authorities have cracked down on several construction contractors that withheld an estimated $2.5 million from hundreds of workers across New York. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a multitude of other key political players declared "criminal charges this week in a series of cases stemming from joint efforts by the city and state government to protect the exploitation of workers through the Wage Theft Initiative." The plan is a part of a larger push to guarantee safe labor conditions, root out corruption and eliminate fraud within the industry.

For example, in an investigation heavily driven by NRCC's Long Island Team Room, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, convicted the National Insulation & GC Corp. for failing to pay at least 6 employees nearly $13,000 in wages.

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In another instance in Westchester County, Assistant Attorney General Rich Balletta indicted J&D Painting Contractors Corp. on charges of Grand Larceny in the Third and Fourth Degrees. The contractor also withheld "approximately $39,000 from 6 workers and failed to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarters of 2016."

"This initiative is a tremendous victory for the enforcement of Wage Theft and for the protection of workers' rights, wages, benefits and security," said Anthony Macagnone, Team Lead of NRCC's Local 290 in Long Island. "We're happy to see that steps are being taken to ensure hardworking men and women will no longer continue to be exploited."

If you or someone you know is a victim of wage theft, we encourage you to report it to this hotline: 1-888-4NYSDOL (1-888-469-7965)

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