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 Draw Thousands in the Fight Against Tax Fraud

Tax fraud in the construction industry hurts hardworking men and women, honest employers and our communities. It undercuts the industry and steals from everyone who pays their taxes. It means more profits for lawbreaking companies while their workers depend on taxpayer funded social services. And it has to stop. That’s why thousands of members of … Continued

Today is the Day to Stand Up, Speak Out!

From Canada’s Atlantic coast to San Diego; from Pittsburgh to Portland, Ore., and dozens of points across North America, UBC members and allies are waking up this morning with a plan to stand up and speak out against tax fraud and worker exploitation in the construction industry.  Events start today and will go through April … Continued

Make Your Plan to Join a Days of Action Event!

Carpenters Union members and supporters across the United States and Canada are gearing up for a variety of events April 11 – 16 to call attention to the crisis of tax fraud in the construction industry.  Events are taking place at dozens of locations to demonstrate how tax fraud in construction hurts us all: workers, … Continued

Fresh Evidence of Tax Fraud’s Toll

By Douglas J. McCarronGeneral PresidentUnited Brotherhood of Carpenters Everyone in construction knows about the illegal business practices that are undercutting our industry. Tax fraud, wage theft, shady banking practices, insurance fraud, labor brokers and the intentional misclassification of employees are widespread and being used on projects of all sizes in nearly every market in North … Continued

Through Layers of Subcontractors, An Inside Look at Greed and Exploitation

In addition to Ricardo’s story, information for this blog post was provided by a representative of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. After six years working in the Boston-area nonunion construction industry, Ricardo has seen up close the damage done by greed and dishonesty.   Ricardo worked in retail sales before moving into … Continued

They Do It Because They Know They Can Get Away With It

By Carl NeimeyerFounder and PresidentBernward Mechanical and Construction SolutionsSeverna Park, Md. A company that cannot turn a profit of at least a few percentage points is a failing company with no future. I have built and grown my business from the ground up, and, through the last five years, we have had our biggest struggles … Continued

Battling the Crime Wave in Construction

The construction industry is part of the lifeblood of our communities—a source of jobs and prosperity for workers and contractors, and an engine of economic development and public investment. It shouldn’t also be a source of exploitation and illegal conduct, including wage theft and tax fraud. But crime is rampant in the construction industry, and … Continued