IBEW Local 1 banners Deuster Electric at Richardson Ridge development

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DeusterArnold – IBEW Local 1 is bannering Richardson Ridge Villas, a senior living apartment complex off Jeffco Boulevard at St. John’s Church Road, for using Deuster Electric, a Local 57 contractor with a record of violating Missouri’s prevailing wage law, to do electrical work at the complex. Local 57 is a non-AFL-CIO electricians union within the Carpenters’ District Council. In 2011 the Missouri Department of Labor found Deuster in violation of Missouri’s prevailing wage law, which requires payment of prevailing wages on jobs receiving public funds. Deuster was assessed $7261.81 in total wages for the violation.

Richardson Ridge Villas is a publically funded development receiving funding through the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Double Diamond Construction of Festus is the general contractor on the complex, which is being developed by Arapaho Development of Crystal City. Conveying the message that public money should not go to contractors who undermine employee wages and benefits are (from left) are Local 1 electricians Thomas Fortune, Ed Hoock and Local 1 Business Representative Chuck DeMoulin.

 – Labor Tribune photo

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