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Union accuses contractors on Northwestern Mutual project of paying cash, avoiding taxes

Rick Bachleitner of Greendale, left, and Jim Morris of Janesville hold up a large sign contending that nonunion contractors working on Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance’s 7Seventy7 apartment project in downtown Milwaukee were paying workers with cash and avoiding payroll taxes. Bachleitner and Morris are being paid to hold the sign by the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, a union they do not belong to. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A multi-state carpenters union is organizing demonstrations outside Northwestern Mutual buildings in downtown Milwaukee in response to what it alleges is the use of unfair labor practices in the construction nearby of a new apartment tower for the insurance company. ...

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