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40 carpenters awarded $95,291 in overtime pay

| Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

The Labor Department said Wednesday that Consolidated Building Systems of Grand Ledge, Mich., has agreed to pay $95,291 to 40 carpenters who did not get prevailing wages or overtime in 2007 and 2008 while working on low-income housing projects at the Bedford Hill Apartments in Pittsburgh's Hill District, and Laurel Estates in Uniontown. Consolidated Building Systems was a subcontractor on the two housing projects funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The company violated overtime provisions by not paying carpenters 1 1/2 times their regular wage when they worked more than 40 hours a week, and its records did not accurately reflect the number of hours the carpenters worked, said John DuMont, director of the department's Pittsburgh wage and hour division office, which conducted the probe. Consolidated Building could not be reached for comment.

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