Unpaid Workers Protest at City Hall

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Workers who say they were stiffed for weeks worth of pay gathered in front of city hall today to bring attention to their problem. A handful of people stood on the corner of 5th and Rood today, many different faces, many different names, all with the same problem.

Dale Williams Sr. is one of the people with a sign, "Somebody need to be paying our wages cause its winter time and it's getting cold." They are all part of a larger group that says they haven't been paid for work they did in Garfield County laying pipe for U.S Central Pipeline. Calls to that company were not returned.

Cheryl Williams was also outside city hall with a sign; "How can they sleep at night knowing there are families out here that don't have money to get home. I don't see how they do it." Many are owed thousands of dollars. For three weeks worth of work.
Yunni Perez says of the pipe laying work, "It's very hard and very dangerous."

One attorney in Grand Junction stepped up to help. Dee Guttmann who declined to go on camera said she is helping the unpaid workers to file the right paperwork and get them started in the right direction, all without charging them. Mesa County Workforce is also helping with the necessary paperwork but for these workers the losses come at a very bad time.

Cheryl Williams says, empathizing with fellow workers, "Its hard to tell your son or daughter, well no we can't do this because daddy don't have a job or mom."

Which for some may be the hardest part to face.

Perez lives in town and has a family, "Got my kids waiting for toys for Christmas. I ain't got no turkey. Its coming turkey day and I aint got no money even to buy a turkey."

Guttmann says she believes they have a good chance at getting their money however she doesn't believe that it will happen in the next couple months.

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