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​Wynn issued building permit for Everett casino Posted by on

Construction of the $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and casino is set to begin soon, as a building permit was issued by the city of Everett this week. Though some environmental litigation is still pending, 40% of the site is unaffected by the dispute and work can begin there.

Suffolk Construction has been selected to led the project, ensuring that carpentry work will be performed by union carpenters employed by union subcontractors.

The permit allows work to be performed for "the installation of deep foundations, including the excavation and perimeter foundation walls."

Completion of the mega-resort is expected to take about two and a half years.

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Carpenters Care now provides free audiology screenings the second Tuesday of every month at the Carpenters Center in Dorchester. Screenings will be completed by a licensed audiologist, free of charge to the member or dependent, and last no more than 30 minutes. Call 617-782-0100 to book your appointment.

Stamford project up to 11 "Stop Work" orders Posted by on

Carpenters in Stamford this week held a demonstration at the site of a construction project where "Stop Work" orders were issued by the state because of apparent violations of laws related to workers' compensation insurance and payroll. The Stamford Advocate published a story on the action and underlying issue in their print edition.

Falcon Construction, based in Floral Park, New York, was cited by the Connecticut Department of Labor last week while working on a 209-unit building that is part of the Park Square West IV project. Union staff had previously talked to workers employed on the site who had given them information that led them to believe that the company was misclassifying them as independent contractors.

Dan Ravizza, a researcher with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, was quoted in the story saying the "Stop Work" order was "the direct evidence of labor practice violations committed by Falcon Construction. I'm mainly concerned for the taxpayers in this situation. When the contractor is skipping out on payroll taxes, that revenue is made up by the taxpayer."

Another, now completed, portion of the Park Square West IV project was the subject of ten "Stop Work" orders.

Morganti Group of Danbury is the general contractor on the project. Trinity Financial of Boston is the developer. Neither responded to the paper’s inquiries to explain the violations on their project.