July 03, 2023
On behalf of the members of IBEW Local 98, as well as all union members in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I want to publicly thank PA Governor Josh Shapiro and NJ Governor Phil Murphy for recently forming a new interstate task force to better protect workers and crack down on unscrupulous construction contractors that routinely engage in the misclassification of workers and outright work theft. The experienced members of the task force were chosen by PA Secretary of Labor & Industry Nancy Walker and NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Robert Asaho-Angelo.
Workers aren’t the only ones who get shortchanged. Uncollected payroll taxes hurt both states’ local municipalities and place a financial strain on the constituent services they provide - police, fire, schools, water, sanitation and more. The affected municipalities have to raise law-abiding citizens’ taxes to cover the financial shortfalls created by the cheating contractors. Local 98 and the Philadelphia Building Trades are also grateful for the crackdowns already initiated by D.A. Jack Stollsteimer in Delaware County and D.A. Matt Weintraub in Bucks. Their efforts are working. Of course, the easiest way to avoid the misclassification of workers scam is to hire - or work for - a union contractor. They play fairly and by the rules.