Carpenters hold protest in New Haven over contractors

 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A group of carpenters held a protest in New Haven Tuesday over some out of town contractors who they say aren’t playing by the rules.

At the Cooper Square Apartments above the Wells Fargo bank at Elm and Church streets, the contractor was hit with a stop work order accused of paying workers in cash to skirt state workers comp requirements and avoiding state taxes.

“The city of New Haven has standards.  We expect developers who come into town to adhere to those standards.  And when they don’t, we will call them to task,” said Tim Sullivan, New England Regional Council of Carpenters organizer.

The group says contractors paying workers in cash is a big problem in the state. They say it lowers pay of contractors state wide and hurts the local economy.

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