With a Stop Work order in place against them in Connecticut since December 3, 4 Star Drywall ran into more trouble today, when the Department of Industrial Accidents issued a Stop Work order against them in Massachusetts.
As in Connecticut, the Stop Work order was issued when authorities found out the company was performing drywall work without having workers compensation insurance in place. Today's order was issued at the future site of a Walgreen's in Somerset, where the company is believed to have had seven carpenters working. PM Construction, based in Maine, is the general contractor on the project. The Connecticut order is in place on a CVS site in Guilford, where 4 Star was hired by TRB Development.
Two contractors working on a CVS store in Guilford, Connecticut were issued STOP WORK orders on December 3 by the Connecticut Department of Labor because they did not have workers' compensation coverage in place for their employees. Those Stop Work orders remain in place.
4 Star Drywall of Manchester, New Hampshire and MPC Construction of New Ipswich, New Hampshire were hired by general contractors TRB Development, of Hooksett, New Hampshire. The Stop Work orders were issued after a site visit by the DOL.
4 Star had at least 6 employees working on site without coverage. The company is responsible for drywall and ceiling work on the project.
It is unclear how many workers were employed by MPC on the project or what type of work they were doing. MPC generally does concrete work but also has a drywall division. The concrete work on the store was completed before the Stop Work orders were issued.
Eight senior representatives managing renovation and construction of Walmart and Sam's Club stores came to the Carpenters Center last week to talk to over fifty union contractors about future building projects in New England. The retail giant reviewed their internal contractor prequalification process and talked in general terms about upcoming projects in a two-hour meeting. The developing relationship is the result of coordination between the New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New Jersey State Council of Carpenters, which has had significant success having Walmart stores build union there.
"Walmart is a huge company that has taken some hits about how they do business," said Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of NERCC. "As a result, they appear to be focused on eliminating future problems including those that might occur during construction. They have a comprehensive prequalification process for general contractors and they've brought in serious people from the industry and regulatory agencies to help them become compliant with the law."
The company plans to build more than 150 new stores in the next year and doesn't want any store to go more than 5-7 years without being renovated.
For NERCC, the meeting highlighted the business development role the union plays for contractors: "Some union contractors only see us as a supplier of labor, affordable benefits and craft training," Erlich said. "We also view the relationship as a partnership in which we can help them generate business and, therefore, jobs for our members."