With reference to the Sept. 9 Contract to Cheat article “ End of a worker’s dream, ‘I about lost everything’ ”: The writers clearly revealed how many employers in North Carolina, and throughout our nation, are cheating construction workers and local, state and federal governments.
Employees, clearly supervised by their employers, are often reclassified as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, employees’ medical bills and unemployment benefits. Workers’ pay, which for many placed them comfortably in the middle class during the 1970s, puts them at or below today’s federal poverty level.
These employers continue using the presence of workers, here illegally, and the convenience of their vulnerability to depress wage scales for both immigrant and American workers. In addition to being grossly underpaid for the work they do, these workers lose all sense of job security. The odious and illegal actions against them occur with the full knowledge of state and federal officials, sworn to protect workers’ rights.
The American people are truly indebted to your writers for their diligence in researching and reporting this very serious problem, which likely includes workers in other industries.