Labor Documentary Exposes Goldtex Project

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LABOR leaders attended documentary film exposing violations ignored by City’s Dept. of Licenses & Inspections. With State Rep. Ron Waters, 2nd from left, were Laborers District Council leaders Daniel Woodall, Ron Boyer, and Sam Staten, Jr.

LABOR leaders attended documentary film exposing violations ignored by City’s Dept. of Licenses & Inspections. With State Rep. Ron Waters, 2nd from left, were Laborers District Council leaders Daniel Woodall, Ryan Boyer, and Sam Staten, Jr.

A motion picture showing many construction violations have been passed over by the City’s Dept. of Licenses & Inspections at the Post Brothers’ Goldtex Apartments, 12th & Wood Streets, was released yesterday to a huge audience of labor and political leaders and building-industry safety specialists.

Launched at IBEW Local 98, the film was titled Deconstructing Post Brothers: Exposing the Truth Behind the Cheap Façade.

The documentary exposes the economic abuse Post Brothers is heaping on its workers by paying them sub-standard wages with no benefits and knowingly misclassifying them as “1099” workers —independent contractors — to avoid paying federal income and payroll taxes, as well as Workers Compensation, Unemployment Compensation and other city, state and federal taxes.

The documentary is being sent to city, state and federal elected officials and available to others involved in the financing of the Goldtex Apartments.

Post Brothers’ principals Michael and Matthew Pestronk appear in the documentary to have the support of the Nutter Administration, charging L&I inspectors allowed Post Brothers to operate at the Goldtex site for an entire year without any permits and with no inspections performed.

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3 Responses to Labor Documentary Exposes Goldtex Project

  1. This type of egregious behavior is criminal and it makes one wonder if a person without the financial resources and the skin color of the Pestronks would be able to get away with this behavior without being indicted.

    Jamere Montgomery
    October 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

  2. There is no way in heck that the Post Brothers were allowed to build without permits and inspections for a year. If this did occur, it is not their fault.

    How do politicians have the time to make a documentary about a construction project when the schools are failing and property taxes are being raised constantly?

    Because the labor unions won’t divulge their own membership by race and hours worked on municipal projects, I am a little skeptical about the motives behind this documentary. The dorm rooms on Temple’s campus were restricted to union-only contractors. Stadiums and other large scale projects have this rule even though it is supposed to be the payment of prevailing wages that matter.

    I would love to see the film and the finished product of the Post Brothers.

    Michael E. Bell
    October 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

  3. The documentary was made by labor unions, not politicians.

    editor @pr
    October 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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