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Cathy Osten

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Representing Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich & Sprague

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February 25, 2013

Statement of Senator Osten Re: Labor Department Investigation of UConn Subcontractors

State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), who is Senate Chair of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, issued the following statement today in response to a news report that the state Department of Labor has issued a “stop work” order for two subcontractors working on UConn’s $32 million basketball practice facility on the grounds that they have underpaid workers, sought to avoid state taxes and workers compensation costs, and hired undocumented workers.

“I applaud the state Department of Labor for its investigation and findings against these two private-sector firms. Connecticut has labor laws in place to protect the safety and livelihood of working men and women in this state, and anyone who takes advantage of their employees by underpaying them and avoiding state taxes and workers compensation costs should be held accountable for their deceit. In fact, the Labor Committee has already raised a bill this year (HB 5071) that would provide for double damages against employers who do exactly what these two private-sector firms are accused of doing.”

 

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