FRAMINGHAM – Members of Carpenters Local 336 along with State Representatives Jack Patrick Lewis and Maria Robinson, and City Councilors George King Jr., Phil Ottaviani Jr., John Stefanini, and Tracey Bryant protested in front of construction of a new hotel on Route 9 in Framingham this evening, April 14 to bring attention to the issue of tax fraud in construction and the need for Massachusetts legislators and Governor to pass wage theft and tax fraud legislation immediately. School Committee member Ricky Finlay also participated in the protest.
After meeting with four carpenters that worked on the construction of Jamsan Hotel Management Group’s new Aloft by Marriott at 130 Worcester Road in Framingham organizers with Carpenters Local 336 began efforts to address tax fraud occurring at this project. The Jamsan Hotel Management Group owns or operates over 50 hotels throughout New England. Unfortunately, in its role as a developer for some of these hotels, Jamsan has relied on contractors and subcontractors that engage in tax fraud, wage theft and/or workplace safety violations, said union leaders.
Tax fraud often goes hand in hand with wage theft. For this reason, the Carpenters Union in Massachusetts is using the tax fraud that occurred on this project to bring attention to State House Bills SD 774 and HD 967.
These bills, put forward by Sen. Sal DiDomenico (Everett) and Rep. Dan Donahue (Worcester) would increase protections for workers and give the Mass. Attorney General greater powers to fight these issues, said union leaders and the state representatives.