15 workers and contractors fired
Posted in the Utica Forum
#1 May 15, 2012
If you have not heard the news yet, 15 contractors and workers were fired without cause from their jobs at the Hampton Inn construction site in the New Hartford Business Park behind Lowe’s. The 15 are owed in excess of $30,000 in back pay and back wages from Larry Adler who is a big developer in the area. He is the man responsible for clear-cutting the apple orchards, and propping up all the developments in that part of New Hartford over the last 10 years. Adler has a pretty bad reputation in that line of work, and hired some abusive general contractors in the past. He is running the construction of The Hampton Inn.
There are many OSHA violations at the worksite, and severe mistreatment of workers, including verbal and physical abuse of a number of workers. The building itself is also not structurally secure in any way. There is black mold in the building, a weak structure in spots, and unsecured trusses that were intentionally put in to cut costs.
WUTR has covered this in the past; WKTV and the OD covered it yesterday. Please look for a story in The Utica Phoenix that will come out this Friday.
Occupy Utica has done our best to support the picketers and will continue to work with them until justice is found. The contractors and workers are planning on continuing the picket on Wednesday until they get their stolen money back.
#2 May 16, 2012
sounds about right. adler is your run of the mill scumbag. he better pay up.
#3 May 16, 2012
Once again, an occupy, or alleged occupy, person is making comments on a gossip site and shows no understanding of business. First, Larry does not have a poor reputation. People are tarnishing his reputation because they do not like or understand the tax credits issued. Second, guess what, you can be fired for any reason, as it should be. Your OSS does not need a cause, who shut up. Third, Larry paid the GC. He does NOT pay the workers. Under normal GC contracts, he is not allowed to sidestep the GC and pay the workers directly. The workers need to go after the GC who hired them, end of story. Finally, as for the structure, it has been inspected on numerous occasions but the builder, GC, architect, and developer. It's fine. So stop with your occupy BS, you people don't have a clue.
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