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    :: Thursday, July 03, 2008 ::

    Rough Carpentry - By Mike Gibson, Knoxville Metro Pulse, TN
    According to Carpenters Union Director of Organizing Robert Helton, the union isn’t seeking an agreement with Proffitt & Sons, but merely to see the contractor improve pay and benefits packages for workers.

    “They’re lowering standards for all carpenters in the Knoxville area,” he says. “We’d like to see them change their practices.”

    Helton charges that Proffitt & Sons doesn’t pay what the union considers a fair wage, doesn’t pay benefits to many of its workers, and is engaged in using an inordinate number of 1099 independent contractors, rather than using full-time employees who are entitled to worker’s compensation and unemployment benefits.

    “By law, you can’t use that many independent contractors on your site,” he says. “Somebody has to be an employee.”
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