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Connecticut Construction Workers Protest Against Turner Construction

(Hartford, Connecticut) – Over 50 Connecticut construction workers are scheduled to participate in an informational protest in front of Saint Francis Hospital, Woodland Street, Hartford, CT on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Members of the Connecticut Laborers’ District Council are expanding their protest of Turner Construction Company's, Milford, CT, hiring and community standards policies.

Last week, Connecticut Laborers’ District Council leader Charles LeConche requested that state officials begin a thorough investigation into Turner Construction hiring practices as evidence of an unregistered Turner Construction subcontractor surfaced. The subcontractor, BN Construction Group, Milford, PA is presently working masonry and concrete duties at the Brunswick School construction site in Greenwich, CT.

"We presented state officials with information about a Turner Construction subcontractor, Maitz Demolition, which hired undocumented workers and now, we have another Turner Construction subcontractor, BN Construction Group of Milford, PA which is working at a school with children nearby. This company is not registered with the State of Connecticut, is not bonded and does not pay any state taxes. Without a doubt, state officials should immediately begin an investigation into this matter,” said Charles LeConche, business manager, Connecticut Laborers’ District Council.

Turner Construction recently started work on a new addition at Saint Francis Hospital. As described on the hospital's Web site, the first four floors of the new tower are anticipated to open in late 2010, with the rest of the building expected to be completed in early 2011. The cost of the news structure is set at $184 million. TRO/Jung Brannen is the architect for the project. Connecticut construction workers plan to continue their protest for several months in front of Saint Francis Hospital and other Turner Construction sites until the construction management's hiring policies change.

With construction volume of $8.6 billion in 2006, Turner Construction maintains a nationwide network of offices and a staff of more than 5,700 employees, performing work on over 1,600 projects each year. Its Connecticut office is located at 440 Wheelers Farm Road, Suite 301, Milford, CT, phone (203) 783-8800. The Connecticut office is headed by Harvey L. (Rusty) Hirst, III, vice-president and general manager, phone (203) 783-8810, rhirst@tcco.com.

Turner Construction’s headquarters are located at 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY, phone (212) 229-2000. The company is led by Peter J. Davoren, president and chief executive officer; Wilfried G. Eckert, chief financial officer; and a team of executive vice presidents that include Nicholas E. Billotti, William M. Brennan, John A. DiCiurcio, Pat A. Di Filippo, Kenneth J. Leach, Rodney J. Michalka and Stuart B. Robinson. For more information about Turner Construction, visit www.turnerconstruction.com.

Read more about Turner Construction's problems, visit www.ctlpl.com/newscenter/turnerconstruction.html

Connecticut Laborers' District Council, 475 Ledyard Street, Hartford, CT 06114, 860-296-8697.

The Connecticut Laborers’ District Council represents approximately 7,000 members employed in the construction industry and other building and trade fields throughout the state. The Laborers’ International Union, founded in 1903 largely by immigrant workers, includes more than 800,000 members who work in construction and hazardous materials remediation, as well as in healthcare, the U.S. Postal Service and other public service sectors of the economy. For more information, call 860.296.8697.

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