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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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With Minnesota’s tough ‘wage theft’ law in effect, Wisconsin looks to crack down on similar abuses

Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters gathered in Minneapolis on April 15 to protest "wage theft" on construction projects.  (Submitted photo: North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters)

As Wisconsin revisits rules to crack down on worker misclassification, a new law that took effect in Minnesota on Monday is attaching criminal penalties not only to that particular abuse but also other forms of wage theft — making it one of the strictest such laws in the country.

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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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Republicans, Democrats disagree on Evers’ workforce plans

Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget wouldn't do enough to attract workers to Wisconsin and his proposals, including increasing the minimum wage, would actually hurt businesses, Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's budget committee argued on Thursday.

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