The Losses Keep Mounting

More than $8.4 billion a year is lost to Construction Industry Tax Fraud! Watch the losses climb, from Jan. 1, 2017 to now. 


Events Highlight Gains in the Fight Against Tax Fraud

With many voices and one vision, Carpenters Union members and supporters came together across the U.S. and Canada to participate in more than 100 events during Tax Fraud Days of Action, April 14 – 17.  Regional councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) held events either virtually or in-person, in … Continued

Days of Action are upon us!

Join an event—online or in-person  Carpenters Union members and supporters across the U.S. and Canada are gearing up for a variety of events April 14 – 17 to call attention to the crisis of tax fraud in the construction industry.  Events include webinars and other virtual programs as well as in-person events at dozens of locations. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, … Continued

We Need Everyone’s Voice in the Fight Against Construction Industry Tax Fraud

By Douglas J. McCarronGeneral PresidentUnited Brotherhood of Carpenters Ending tax fraud in the construction industry is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. It’s a big, complex crisis that poisons our industry and hurts our entire society, to the tune of billions of dollars in lost tax revenue. Over decades, wage theft, misclassification of employees, workers’ compensation premium fraud … Continued

We Didn’t Know Anything About Our Rights

By Yimer Iriarte Banegas Yimer worked in Minnesota for Ricardo Batres, who eventually pled guilty to labor trafficking and insurance fraud. It was one of the first labor trafficking cases brought in Minnesota, with help from worker organizations and the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. Yimer’s story may be shocking to some, but … Continued

Our company welcomes free, fair competition through transparency against payroll, tax fraud

DCS specializes in providing construction and interior delivery systems to a diverse range of clients across the Midwest. For decades, we have maintained a strong commitment to investing in our workforce. At DCS, we pay fair wages and benefits to attract and retain skilled, experienced, and certified construction workers. Highly trained and satisfied workers translate into great end products. Conversely, low-skilled, low-paid workers produce low quality products.

Many are counting on us, and many will hear our voices

Last year’s Days of Action events were severely curtailed because of the dangers of COVID-19 and safety restrictions.  But tax fraud didn’t stop threatening our industry. In 2020 an authoritative study found that as many as 2.41 million construction workers are illegally paid off the books or misclassified as independent contractors.  Using mid-range estimates, the … Continued