WV Labor Department Fines Turnpike Painting Contractor for Not Hiring Enough State Residents

MetroNews reports, “For the first time since the West Virginia Jobs Act was passed by the Legislature in 2001 to encourage skilled residents to be hired for state-contracted jobs, the state Labor Department has written a violation.” [Link added.] The department fined International Rigging, the low bidder on a million-dollar painting project awarded by the state Parkways Authority, $34,000, according to the report. Greg Barr, general manager of the West Virginia Parkways Authority, tells MetroNews, “What happened in this instance is when [the Florida-based contractor] filed their certified payrolls, they didn’t have hardly any West Virginia workers on the job.”