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Wage theft in New York state will be a form of larceny, with New York Governor Kathy Hochul having signed a bill which was a top legislative priority for union carpenters.
Unrepresented carpenters have increasingly been the victims of wage theft by unscrupulous employers, who also use the tactic to gain an illegitimate competitive bidding advantage over honest employers and union carpenters. The new law is expected to have a significant positive impact going forward.
“On behalf of union carpenters across New York State, we applaud Governor Hochul for signing legislation that will crack down on wage theft in the construction industry. All blue collar workers are impacted by wage theft, and all blue collar workers deserve to be paid the wages they have earned. When unscrupulous contractors cheat their workers, they also cheat on their taxes – and that impacts every honest taxpayer in the state. Stopping wage theft is good for the construction industry, it’s good for blue collar workers, and it’s good for New York’s economy. We are thankful to the Governor and the leaders in the legislature, including Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner, for standing up for the hard working men and women of the building trades,” said Bill Banfield, Assistant to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.