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REPS MAKE PUSH FOR WAGE THEFT BILL, WHICH HAS DIED IN HOUSE

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 14, 2019.....A former wage investigator in the attorney general's fair labor division, Rep. Daniel Cullinane has been chased and threatened by contractors and used to set out at 2 a.m. to arrive at worksites early to gather video evidence.


Backed by fellow House lawmakers, Rep. Daniel Donahue told the Labor and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday that a bill he filed would empower both the attorney general and workers to fight back against wage theft. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS]

Cullinane was among a group of 11 House lawmakers who testified together before the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in support of a bill intended to discourage and penalize wage theft -- the practice of not paying workers what they're owed.

"Massachusetts absolutely does have tough laws and many, many tools to use to go after violators. I've used them," Cullinane, a Boston Democrat, told the committee. "But at the end of the day, general contractors are paid a lot of money for the increased responsibility to be the lead on projects. They hire subcontractors, they choose who to trust. They need to be more accountable. There needs to be more skin in the game."


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