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. 


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, legitimate contractors and taxpayers.

Crooked contractors steal wages, engage in shady banking schemes and game the system to illegally avoid paying payroll taxes and workers compensation premium obligations. Some $8.4 billion a year is lost to construction industry tax fraud. 

It’s time to speak out and take action!

Click the Events tab on this page for a look at scheduled events or contact the UBC regional council in your area for more information. 

Here are just a few examples of Days of Action events:   

  • On April 12, members of the Central South Regional Council of Carpenters will gather at a press event at City Hall Plaza in Austin, Texas.  Among the speakers will be a worker who has been victimized by fraud, Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, District Attorney Jose Garza, Texas State Representative Gina Hinojosa and Congressional Candidate and former City Council Member Greg Casar.
  • On April 12, members of the New York City District Council of Carpenters will rally in Manhattan with local district attorneys and other elected officials.
  • Canadian UBC members are participating in a variety of activities, including a letter-writing campaign to Members of Parliament, educational meetings in each province with bank officials and money managers and a meeting between UBC Canadian District Vice President Jason Rowe and the Federal Minister of Labour.
  • Members of the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters in eight cities in Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin are bringing elected city, county and state officials to specific jobsites where it has been confirmed that workers are being paid off the books. At each site, a bilingual union representative will help ensure that the official can hear an accurate translation of what it is like to work in the underground economy.
  • On April 14, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters will host a press conference to discuss tax fraud issues with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón at the Carpenters Union Training Center in Whittier.

April 11–16 is our time to show that carpenters stand up for the dignity of work and fair play in the construction industry.

See you there!