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ON THE TRAIL OF WAGE THIEVES: Construction Business Group redoubles efforts to root out misclassification (VIDEO)

Victor Centeno, Edna Baldwin and Jeff Hennen are all investigators employed by the union-aligned organization Construction Business Group to root out worker misclassification and other forms of wage theft. All three agree that these types of abuses have become more common in Wisconsin in recent years and are particularly prevalent in the construction industry. (Staff photo by Rick Benedict)

If drywall and flooring could talk, it'd probably have a dark story to tell about Wisconsin's ongoing construction boom. Behind projects big and small, say people close to the industry, there thrives an underground economy made up of contractors who cheat their workers out of wages and benefits to deliver projects on time and under budget.

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State pledges renewed crackdown on ‘underground economy’ caused by misclassification

State officials on Monday said they are searching for new ways to prevent the abuse of worker misclassification, a persistent source of concern that contractors blame for keeping bids artificially low and giving rise to an underground economy.

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New database aims to shed light on contractors doing business in state

A new online database aims to prevent government officials from feeling in the dark when deciding whether a contractor would responsibly handle taxpayer dollars. The system, officially called the Bidder Database, could hardly come at a better time, say the people behind it. ...

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