Demonstration against sub-contractor at construction site

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This morning people from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters will visit a now abandoned work site in New Haven to protest a sub-contractor and praise a move by the Department of Labor.

Construction at Cooper Square Apartments came to a screeching halt on Friday because a sub-contractor wasn’t able to show payroll records to the Department of Labor.

Workers fled the construction site in New Haven when Labor Department agents arrived on Friday. A Florida sub-contractor was performing the work at the Cooper Square apartment conversion project above the Wells Fargo bank branch at Elm and Church streets.

Members and staff of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters say mis-classification of employees allows law-breaking contractors to avoid paying taxes, which in turn damages the local economy.

1,200 stop work orders have been issued statewide by the Connecticut Department of Labor since 2008.

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