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Lacrosse fan? Posted by on

The Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League sent this along today:

The Boston Blazers are excited to announce this season??s ??Union Workers Night?? at the TD Garden on March 6th @ 5:00pm. We would like to offer all Union Workers a discounted ticket rate of $15 each in the loge seating. By purchasing tickets for this night you will have the opportunity to take part in:

?Pre game fan tunnel on the turf
?Take part in a special autograph session with Blazers Superstars (Dan Dawson, Casey Powell, Anthony Cosmo, and Josh Sanderson)
?Pick up a special giveaway prize when you enter the game

For More Information Contact:
Tyler Smith
P: (617) 904-0600 Ext. 120
F: (617) 904-0559
200 Portland Street, Suite 301 Boston, MA 02114

Schools, GCs play "hear no evil, see no evil..." Posted by on

I-Team: Hiring Illegal Immigrants:

A Fox station in Georgia--and Georgia workers--take up some of the same issues NERCC has been working on. In this case it is immigrant workers building public schools without any attempt to verify their status. This is despite laws in Georgia requiring the use of the federal e-verify system.

The workers are not hired by the general contractor or even a subcontractor. They're brought in by a subcontractor to a subcontractor and are each paid as so-called "independent contractors" themselves.

When the reporter confronts the general contractor--the one who celebrates their winning low bid and will brag about the project's completion at the end--they shrug and claim to not know and not be responsible. The subcontractor doesn't respond to requests for information.

So who's responsible for the project and the laws being broken on them in the name of lowering the project cost? Whether it's the employment of undocumented workers or the classification of workers to cheat the government out of revenue and the workers out of basic protections, there are crimes being committed. The victims of the crimes are:
--The people in the industry who play by the rules and, therefore, can't compete.
--Workers who can't get jobs because they won't give up their protections and can't afford to work for what illegal immigrants do.
--Entire communities, which must struggle with budget crisis's exacerbated by cheating employers.