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AG hits Hampton Building for violations on three sites Posted by on

The Massachusetts Attorney General has ordered Hampton Building to pay $100,000 in fines and restitution for wage violations related to nonunion carpenters at multiple sites. Carpenters will finally be paid more than $19,000 in wages owed to them from work dating back to December 2009 at Westford Town Hall, Molly's Lane in Chilmark and the Whitman Police Station.

The company will pay an additional $81,000 in penalties for:
--failing to pay prevailing wages
--failing to maintain true and accurate payroll records
--failing to submit true and accurate certified payroll records
--failing to pay employees in a timely manner
--intentionally failing to submit certified payroll records and general payroll records to the Attorney General's Office for inspection.

Bad behavior by AvalonBay doesn't end with construction Posted by on

AvalonBay, which has been the target of numerous protests by the Carpenters Union in New England for dangerous working conditions and mistreatment of workers during the construction of large, multi-unit housing developments, has been forced to reach a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office to resolve a housing discrimination lawsuit.

The company has agreed to make payments to the victim and "institute a broad range of preventive measures to ensure future compliance with the law" according to a press release from the AGs office. The suit was filed after AvalonBay attempted to evict a woman and her two small children, ages two and four, from their AvalonBay apartment in Woburn based on "unreasonable and unsubstantiated" noise complaints by a neighbor, which AvalonBay never investigated.

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Protest schedule for temp agency Posted by on

A group of community and labor activists is planning to picket a Chelsea temp agency for abusive treatment of workers it has placed. Workers report being owed thousands of dollars in overtime, refusal by the company to provide workers compensation for injuries and widespread harassment.

The company, EDA Temp Agency, employs hundreds of workers in Chelsea, Boston and the Massachusetts North Shore.
The demonstration is planned for Thursday, May 19 from 9-11am at 248 Broadway Street in Chelsea