August 1, 2017
Once again IBEW 611 leads the way in protecting craftsmen from unscrupulous employers!
Carl Condit, Business Manager of IBEW 611 said today, “I’m proud of our courageous IBEW members who helped us fight back against low road contractors, the Department of Workforce Solutions, and UNM. I am equally proud of the hard work and diligence of our staff who works to stop New Mexico’s craftsmen from getting their pockets picked by employers who think it is business as usual to short change workers”.
The New Mexico 2nd District Court has given preliminary approval of a settlement agreement for wage theft that occurred on the UNM Bradbury Science Building from 2007-2009. The settlement provides for the recovery of wages and benefits for over 300 craft workers including employees of DKD Electric, Enterprise Builders as well as 20 other construction contractors.
Condit added, “Once again we have effectively demonstrated our focus and determination to stopping wage theft in the construction industry. We will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute contractors who skirt the law and blatantly steal the hard earned money of their own employees. It is wrong and we will continue to fight for our members and our fair contractors who play by the rules”.
Click this link to read the Court order and important information regarding detailed instructions for receiving settlement.
May 31st, 2017
Another Important Win for our members!
On May 31, 2017, nearly seven years after the UNM Pit Arena project was completed the New Mexico Court of Appeals overturned a NM District Court decision and has upheld workers private right of action to recover underpayment of their wages on NM Public Works projects.
Carl Condit, IBEW 611 Business Manager said,” It is critically important to bring wage thieving contractors to justice. When they unlawfully put our hard earned money into their own pockets they must be stopped and that is exactly what we are doing here”.
In this case, Mosher Enterprises and Flintco West are attempting to defend the underpayment of wages and fringe benefits to their employees and have dragged this case on for over seven years. The recent action by the NM Court of Appeals is a major win for New Mexico Craftsmen and is a clear message to unscrupulous business owners who choose to rob their own employees of their hard earned money.
Led by IBEW Local 611, the New Mexico Building Trades Council has overcome a major hurdle in Federal District Court in its efforts to recover tens of millions of dollars in underpayment of wages and benefits owed to thousands of New Mexico’s hard working construction craftsmen.
Sisters and Brothers,
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