Worcester union sues lead Viaduct contractor

The complaint states that the contractor has failed to pay contributions

WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – A Worcester union filed a complaint in federal court against construction company JF White – LM Heavy, J.V.

IPEW Local 96, which represents electrical workers in Central Massachusetts wants to compel JF White – L:M Heavy, J.V. to comply with an audit and pay into a benefit fund.

Court documents state that JF White- LM Heavy, J.V. a joint venture, signed a letter of assent in 2013 that authorizes the Central Massachusetts Chapter, National Electrical Association as its collective bargaining representative for C.B.A.’s between the Central Massachusetts Chapter, National Electrical Association and the Union.

The complaint also states that the agreement requires the construction company to make contributions to the Funds for each hour worked by covered employees.   The Union also claims that the agreement requires the construction company to deduct from the wages of covered employees and forward to the Union, an amount to the Building Fund.  As well as requiring the construction company to submit audits of relevant financial books and records.

The Union says they began an audit of the construction company’s payroll in September 2014, asked for additional documentation, yet never received it.

The complaint states that the construction company has failed to pay contributions and dues for at least 2,880 hours of work and for as many as 8,970.50 hours of work.

JF White – LM Heavy, J.V. has yet to file a response in federal court.

JF White is the lead contractor that is working to repair the elevated portion of I-91 through Springfield, also known as the Viaduct. The I-91 Viaduct work is being done by another joint venture, JF White-Schiavone.  This complaint does not have anything to do with the construction work in Springfield.

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