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Regualar Callahan subcontractor facing litany of charges from Mass AG Posted by on

Joseph Kerrissey, whose company J Kerrissey LLC worked for Callahan on multiple projects, allegedly owes workers more than $100,000 in connection with a wage theft scheme dating back to 2011, according to an investigation from the MA Attorney General’s office. Kerrissey and his companies are also being charged with larceny and unemployment fraud for failing to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

The investigation found that Kerrissey owes approximately $105,000 to 31 workers, with an average amount of $3,000 per worker. Additionally, by failing to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, contractors like Kerrissey hurt legitimate companies who pay their fair share, raising rates for everybody.

In December of 2015, a number of workers came forward to say that they had not been paid for their work. Following those complaints, Joseph Kerrissey sent threatening text messages to those workers for speaking out, and continued to make excuses for not paying the workers.


“This defendant allegedly engaged in a pattern of refusing to pay his workers the wages they were rightfully owed and used a variety of methods to dissuade them from seeking to obtain those wages,” said MA Attorney General Maura Healey. “People who work hard should be able to provide for themselves and their families and we will continue to hold accountable employers who exploit their workers."

J Kerrissey LLC has been used on Callahan projects dating back to at least 2011, including Hanover High School, the Quincy YMCA, and Chelmsford Woods Multi-Family Housing. Kerrissey and his companies (J Kerrissey LLC and Sunrise Equipment & Excavation, Inc) were indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury.

Below is the full list of charges facing Joseph Kerrissey and his companies. Subcontractors like Kerrissey are part of Callahan’s business model. To learn more about Callahan, visit callahantruth.com.

Full list of charges:
Joseph B. Kerrissey, III
• Non-payment of Employer Unemployment Contribution
• Larceny by Check over $250
• Larceny by Check under $250
• Failure to Submit True and Accurate Certified Payroll Records to the Awarding Authority
• Failure to Submit True and Accurate Certified Payroll Records to the Attorney General
• Failure to Pay Prevailing Wages
• Failure to Pay Wages
• Failure to Pay Overtime
• Failure to Provide a Suitable Paystub

J. Kerrissey, LLC
• Non-payment of Employer Unemployment Contribution
• Larceny by Check over $250
• Larceny by Check under $250
• Failure to Submit True and Accurate Certified Payroll Records to the Awarding Authority
• Failure to Pay Prevailing Wage
• Failure to Pay Wages
• Failure to Pay Overtime
• Failure to Provide a Suitable Paystub

Sunrise Equipment & Excavation, Inc.
• Failure to Submit True and Accurate Certified Payroll Records to the Awarding Authority
• Failure to Submit True and Accurate Certified Payroll Records to the Attorney General
• Failure to Pay Prevailing Wage




Retirement Seminar to be held in Worcester - sign up today! Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, November 19th. The seminar will be held at the Beechwood Hotel located at 363 Plantation Street in Worcester from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at CarpentersFund.org or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5101 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits


Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current


View Seminar Flyer




Register and vote early or absentee Posted by on

After all the talk, it'd be a shame if you didn't take advantage of your right to vote. Please make sure you are registered to vote before your state's deadline. In some states you must be registered by a specific date. In others, you may register on election day.

If you will be unable to go to your local polling location on November 8, please vote using an early or absentee ballot. Each state has provisions for citizens to participate in elections when they are incapacitated or away from their homes on election day for other reasons. You must request a ballot by a certain date and return it by a certain date.

Below is information, by state, for voter registration and early or absentee ballots.

Connecticut
Registration deadline – November 1st
Election day registration – Yes
On-line registration - Yes. Click here to register online.
Early Voting - No
Click here to request an absentee ballot.

Maine
Registration deadline – October 18th
Election day registration – Yes
On-line registration - No.Click here for voter registration information.
Early Voting – Yes, you may vote early at your city or town offices from Oct. 9th – Nov 7th.
Click here to request an absentee ballot.

Massachusetts
Registration deadline – October 19th
Election day registration – No
On-line registration - Yes. Click here to check your registration and to register online.
Early voting in your city or town may be done in person or by mail. It will begin October 24 and end on November 4. For more information click here.
Absentee Ballots must be received back by noon November 7.
Click here to request an absentee ballot.

New Hampshire
Registration deadline – October 29th
Election day registration – Yes
On-line registration - No. Registration is at your town or city clerk's office.
Early Voting - No
Click here to request an absentee ballot.

Rhode Island
Registration deadline – October 9th
Election day registration – No
On-line registration - Yes. Click here to register online.
Early voting by mail is currently open in Rhode Island. Mail ballots must be requested by October 18. Click here for information on early mail voting.
Click here to request an absentee ballot.

Vermont
Registration deadline – November 2nd
Election day registration – No
On-line registration - Yes. Click here to register online.
Early Voting – Yes. You may vote early at your city or town offices from Sept 24th – Nov 7th.
Click here to request an absentee ballot.




Carpenters building boardwalk for refuge Posted by on

Union carpenters have taken on a volunteer project in Sudbury and volunteers are needed.

The project involves buidling a boardwalk through the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury. Carpenters are measuring, cutting and installing 10' stringers and cross decking on completed support structures on the Red Maple Trail.

This is a UPP project that will be ongoing through mid-November.

Pictured are Brothers Michael Loynd (left) and Thomas Parmensi, both members of Carpenter Local 275, working on the project.


Carpenters are needed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with extra volunteer hours possible Sunday through Thursday.

Confirmed work dates are October 12 & 13, October 26 & 27, November 2 & 3 and November 16 & 17.

The project is at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. Work starts at 8:30 am. Members should bring a hardhat, gloves, eye protection and basic hand tools.

The contact for the project is Tum Puopolo, who can be reached at 978-265-7467.



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