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John Kirk of National Carpentry will be in a Connecticut court April 5, his latest appearance related to personal or business charges. He faces a charge of violating wage payment laws and 20 counts of defrauding an alien worker of wages.
Kirk faces a separate outstanding felony charge of violating wage payments in excess of $2000. He has also been charged and is facing a jury trial for disorderly conduct, a second degree threatening charge and illegal use of a facsimile firearm, in relation to an incident in June 2008.
National Carpentry has become infamous in New England. They were part of a team of subcontractors working for AvalonBay who were busted for misclassifying workers as independent contractors.
It was about the same time that workers sued in Connecticut over the 20 wage violates listed above. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal held a press conference in support of the workers and Gary Pechie, the director of the state labor department??s Wage and Workplace Standards Division called Kirk ??the poster child of how not to do business in the state of Connecticut."
It was also National Carpentry which was involved with Oscar Pintado, who fell 45 feet to his death on an AvalonBay job in Woburn, Massachusetts when an elevator shaft was not properly protected.
Though many of the problems Kirk and National Carpentry are facing have been of their own doing, it has been the efforts of NERCC staff and members in multiple states who have worked together and with victims and enforcement agencies to bring them to justice.