Workplace

Prevailing wage lawsuit filed in Jackson County

Updated: 2013-11-21T04:03:04Z

The Construction and General Laborers Local 264 has filed a class-action prevailing wage lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The petition alleges that New Horizons, a public construction project contractor, underpaid non-union workers and engaged in retaliation when workers complained. The plaintiffs are asking for unpaid wages.

Reginald Thomas, Local 264 president, said the union brought suit on behalf of the non-union workers because it’s a function of unions to set fair-wage standards for skilled laborers.

The suit was filed after a fair-pay rally was held Wednesday morning outside the county courthouse in Independence.

New Horizons responded that it was a subcontractor on the project, that it was not handling “prevailing wage” work, and that it paid workers according to the law.

The company said it plans a vigorous defense of the allegations and that it expects the lawsuit to be dismissed for lack of standing by the union.

Diane Stafford, The Star

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