ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Monday was also a day of action for carpenters and construction workers to stand up to tax fraud in their industry.
The New England Regional Council of Carpenters were joined by elected officials from around New York to talk about how that fraud impacts how contractors bid for jobs.
By not reporting additional income, like cash payments, contractors end up paying less in state insurance payments. According to protesters, this keeps honest contractors from being competitive for jobs.
“That gives a contractor an unfair advantage when they bid against honest business, doing things the right, proper way,” explains Chris Austin, council representative. “And then when they don’t do it the right, proper way, it hurts the company that is doing it the right, proper way and they can’t keep their workers working.”
There were multiple demonstrations in western New York including Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany.