Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door
I subscribe to the adage that you either pay it now, or you pay it later. A court ruling in California says
Building Materials Holding Corp. of Boise, Idaho, allegedly opted to
pay it later. Workers for that company claim the distributor and
construction services provider neglected to pay them federally-mandated
overtime wages. Though asserting it did no wrong, BMHC agreed to
settle, even as it progresses through a bankruptcy filing.
case, along with all the notoriety achieved by Republic Windows, made
me wonder, how does the window and door industry do on the labor
front? With this week's poll, I'm not asking about YOUR company, but
how do you think our industry stacks up on the whole against other
industries when it comes to wage and fair labor issues. Residential
construction is often seen as a problem area, but are there legitimate
concerns about our segment of the business? Even if you have no direct
observation, do you hear rumors about underpaid plant workers and
installers? Please send me an email, confidentially, of course, and share your thoughts.
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