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When push comes to shove, Kal-Vin "can't speak on that" Posted by on

Bannering activity in Hanover, New Hampshire has caused quite a stir, with threats of a slander lawsuit against the union and forceful denials of wrongdoing. But in the last line of a news article on the activity--triggered by the use of Engleberth Construction hiring Kal-Vin to do drywall--a Kal-Vin spokeswoman is asked directly about the companies use of intermediaries who hire "independent contractors" to do work. Her response? "I can't speak on that." Maybe they'll reconsider the lawsuits?

The project in question is Kendal at Hanover's renovation of a health center. Last week union organizers showed off a banner near Dartmouth College Green featuring Rebecca Smith, Kendal's Executive Director and saying she was "Wanted for Supporting Tax Fraud."

NERCC Organizer Marty Coyle told the Valley News "She need to accept some of the responsibility for what's happening under her care. It's very significant, and it's a huge problem, and we wish she would take it seriously."

Numerous times union organizers attempted to meet with Smith or her staff to alert them to the problems previously encountered on Kal-Vin jobs. Kal-Vin- and its sister companies GNPB Construction and Northrock Construction- have become infamous in the industry for problems on their jobs, ranging from misclassifying their own carpenters as "independent contractors," exploitation of immigrant workers and denying employee status and workers comp coverage to an employee who was seriously injured after he fell from scaffolding. The injured worker, Celso Mena, was later ruled to be an employee and awarded comp coverage and lost wages.

Just last week a "Stop Work" order was issued by the Connecticut Department of Labor against Matrix Interior Construction which was hired by Northrock Construction on a Hyatt Place Hotel in Montville. Matrix was found to be without proper worker's compensation insurance, misrepresenting workers as independent contractors and understating or concealing payroll records. One of the owners of Matrix was arrested earlier this year for dealing large amounts of oxycontin to undercover agents.

Immigration center (where immigrants were exploited) opens Posted by on

When your public defense against charges that illegal activity occurred during construction of your newly finished building project features the phrase ??technically and in fact,?? you might not have the strongest position. When you??re the District Director for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services answering questions about an illegal immigrant working on, but not being paid properly for work on, an USCIS building, you don??t look great in the press.

But there was Denis Riordan, District Director for USCIS, saying the Honduran worker who filed a lien against the Johnston, Rhode Island building ??technically and in fact employee was not working or employed by the federal government.??

The story was first covered months ago by ??Target 12,?? the investigative team for WPRI??s nightly newscast, which included an interview with the worker.

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena went to the groundbreaking where Riordan offered his weak defense and voice his displeasure: "I know that I, as Mayor, was not happy. There are over 70,000 people out of work who are citizens of the state and they should have crack at the jobs first."

Here's the latest story by Target12:

Alucobond Panel Installation Begins Posted by on

Crews working for Sunrise Erectors began installing the Alucobond Panels on the exterior of the Carpenters Center.

The following series of pictures was taken at the same time of day, driving Northbound along the building. Notice how the panels appear to change color. The reflection of the sunlight along with the viewing angle changes the appearance of the panels. This detail is part of the architectural design of the building.