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2015
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Despite Insane Profits, Contractors and Unions Say Apple Owes Them Millions for Flagship Store Job

This rendering of the Apple flagship store is as virtual as the checks they (don't) write

This rendering of the Apple flagship store is as virtual as the checks they (don’t) write


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NOTE: One article this post points to went behind paywall after publication

Contractors who worked on the new Apple flagship store in San Francisco claim they have yet to be paid, sparking a conflict between one of the world’s largest companies and local contractors and unions.  Build Group says a $5.2 million bill is six months past due. They have filed a lien against the project as a result.  

Speaking to Construction Dive, Build Group President and CEO, Ross Edwards, said his company was contracted for $7.5 million in seismic work and has yet to be paid, although Apple is not disputing the quality of the work completed.  According to Edwards:

“We finished our work in July and basically they are just not paying us anything — they just don’t care.  Everybody says we did amazing work — and the largest company in the world just won’t pay us. They keep blaming the other guy. We just don’t understand.”

Members of the Carpenters Union Local 22 have been demonstrating outside of the building in recent months.  They have also started a website, The Ugly Half of Apple Inc, which lays out their complaints:

In February 2014 Apple committed to the Carpenters Union that they would hire a general contractor that follows area standards, and requires all of their subcontractors to follow area standards,  on all jobs all of the time.

Apple also asked for the public support of Carpenters Local 22 for their project entitlement process. The Carpenters mobilized and successfully helped Apple move the project forward.  Unfortunately, once Apple got what they needed from the Carpenters, Apple went back on their commitment and hired a general contractor that does not require payment of area standards wages and benefits on all of its jobs all the time.

Apple Inc has failed to require LEDCOR CONSTRUCTION INC and all of its sub-contractors to pay carpenter area standard wages and benefits on all projects all the time.

A spokesperson for Apple says the company is working to resolve billing issues as quickly as possible.

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