A government investigation has found 59 employees who hung drywall on projects that were federally-funded were not paid the appropriate prevailing wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor has collected $430,000 in back wages for the subcontracted workers who did work in Woodbury, MN on the Uptown at City Walk housing project, the city hall, library and senior center construction project in St. Michael. All projects mandated prevailing wages according to Pioneer Press:
Stonebridge Construction has paid $370,000 due to 37 employees on the Woodbury project, even though the wage underpayments resulted from the practices of Beck Drywall and Complete Wall Systems, the Labor Department said in a news release. Stonebridge contracted with Beck Drywall in Waconia and Complete Wall Systems in Lonsdale for work on a group of multi-family housing units constructed in 2010 and 2011.
The Labor Department said Beck Drywall agreed to pay $60,000 in back wages and benefits to 22 workers on the 2010 St. Michael project. Ebert Construction of Corcoran/Loretto was the prime contractor on that project.