Workers protest V.A. Medical Center's construction project

Local - 8/20/2013 6:02 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - Local workers protested a hospital's construction project, saying the contractors are breaking the law by not hiring local workers.

Protestors said the Beckley V.A. Medical Center hired Seawolf, a New Jersey construction company, for two development projects. The state Department of Labor investigated and issued cease and desist orders for Seawolf not having a West Virginia contractor’s license and for not having a wage bond.

Beckley resident Wayne Rebich, a representative for the Affiliated Construction Protestors said Seawolf is also using out-of-state workers instead of locals, who Rebich said would help the economy by paying area taxes. “When you hire local workers, the money stays locally - it doesn't go back to South Carolina or Florida or New Jersey,” explained Rebich. “It stay[s] here, stimulates the economy.”

Protestors said they will continue to protest outside of the hospital until Seawolf hires local construction workers and obeys the law.


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