Conflict between construction company, labor official delays phase 2 of bollard installations

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Phase one of the bollard project is complete, but phase two remains on hold due to a pay dispute. 

“This is our public safety that we are looking at here,” said Frank Hawk, business manager for Southwest Regional Council Carpenters. “These bollards were put in to prevent ISIS style attacks, and we are going to have someone come in and hodgepodge this.”

A heated dispute played out in public in front of the Clark County Commissioners Tuesday. The conflict of money is between Muller Construction and a labor official.

“I was right up front with everybody. I handed out business cards to everybody I talked to, and the only reason I really engaged them is because after viewing what I viewed and the payroll I had seen prior to going to the job site, and things weren’t matching,” said Lou Disalvio, Laborers Local 872 Union. 

Disalvio told 8 News NOW that he spoke with employees about their wages after seeing a couple of red flags during phase one of the bollard construction.

Disalvio mentioned two Muller Construction employees told him they were being underpaid.  Disalvio filed a report with county commissioners prompting the county to postpone a vote for Muller to continue with the contract.

“Even though we are holding up the production of the bollards right at the moment, I think it’s a lot better to make sure whoever is doing the work is doing it right and paying everybody appropriately,” said Robert Conway, Ironworkers Local 433. 

The county did some investigation and tried to decide if they should approve a $2.5 million contract extension with Muller. Muller Construction’s president described the role their employees take. 

“Trying to have one trade coming just for 30 mins to do one thing is very hard, so that’s why some or several of our workers do different trades during the nights,” said Cesar Malaga, president of Muller Construction.

County Commissioner Jim Gibson wanted clarity.

“It sounds like we have a report that employees reported one thing on the field and today they are reporting something dramatically different,” Gibson said.

According to Gibson prevailing wage has to be paid to everyone, and it has to be tracked according to the law. 

“Were all about the safety for everybody here including the tourists, but at the same time we want everyone to get paid a fair wage and good benefits,” said Conway. “We don’t want anybody being cheated.

Commissioners asked for everyone to get their facts straight as well as look at payroll information. Everyone will meet again in three weeks. 
 

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