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.