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    :: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 ::

    A clash of interests on guest workers - By Mark Erlich, Boston Globe
    Construction has been particularly vulnerable because there has always been a cash-based element at the margins of the industry. The burgeoning undocumented workforce has allowed these practices to extend into large-scale mainstream projects where employers are particularly eager to avoid the high cost of workers' compensation insurance. In the dangerous world of construction, the consequences can be lethal. A few weeks ago, two Mexican carpenters working for a large luxury Missouri builder fell four stories from inadequate scaffolding. One was killed instantly, and the other received near-crippling injuries. They had been paid $9 an hour in cash and, when the accident occurred, the firm denied any relationship and responsibility. A former superintendent reported that this had been a longstanding and unchallenged company policy.
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