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Violations, Fraud and Lawsuits

The construction industry is highly competitive, and there are constant pressures to cut costs by cutting corners on safety, wages, and building quality. The Carpenters union acts as a watchdog for the industry – what we see and hear is the reality of the trade. Unfortunately, the violations described in this publication are often not reported.

We expect safe and fair standards for all projects, both union and non-union. Our research and understanding of the construction market is a resource for developers, end users, and communities. We hope that bringing this information to light will allow for better decisions regarding the choice of contractors.

Because Callahan, Inc is a general contractor with few direct employees, the practices of its regular subcontractors define its business model. While not all of these violations happened on Callahan-managed jobsites, all are attributable to regular Callahan subcontractors.

The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC) is part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, which was established in 1881 and represents over 130 years of building. We have survived and thrived as building booms, depressions, and recessions wax and wane, and as governments, contractors and developers have come and gone. We continually adapt to new technologies in the construction industry, spending more than $6 million to develop and deliver training for our members across New England and New York.

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