© 2024
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

New Study Finds Wage Theft Rampant In Residential Construction Projects

A house under construction
Wikimedia Commons: Rishichhibber, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Home_under_construction.JPG

   New research by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center says the exploitation of undocumented workers in the residential construction industry is costing Massachusetts taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.

    Researchers reviewed payroll records from 2017 through 2019 and conducted extensive interviews.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Tom Juravich, a professor of labor studies and sociology at UMass Amherst.

  A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development did not respond to a request for comment.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
Related Content