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Torres Consulting and Law Group champions America's working families. TCLG strengthens political relationships, delivers effective communication strategies, builds stronger partnerships, and advances prevailing wage compliance for trade unions and their partners across the country. Our passion and unique expertise makes us a national leader for giving working families a voice. 

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It is the mission of the Compliance Group to promote America's working-class families by ensuring that contractors comply with federal and state prevailing wage laws. With an innovative and comprehensive Prevailing Wage Compliance Initiative and a commitment to ensure a level playing field, we encourage strong and swift regulatory action, while protecting the interests of organized labor.     


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In this issue of our quarterly newsletter on prevailing wage and Davis-Bacon Act compliance news and trends, we examine federal efforts and spotlight the importance of participating in prevailing wage surveys. We also note a few big wins for our clients. 


As always, we're interested to know about the issues you're facing and the questions you may have in the complex arena of Davis-Bacon Act compliance.


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Together, let's level the playing field! 







Israel G. Torres

Managing Partner

Torres Consulting and Law Group, LLC

TCLG tip helps pipefitters recover nearly

$500,000 in back wages, benefits  

Information uncovered by TCLG's Davis-Bacon compliance team triggered a U.S. Department of Labor investigation on the construction of a data center in Utah. In the end, the DOL found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers used the wrong wage determination, and nine contractors shorted workers nearly $500,000 in back wages and benefits. 

Oklahoma wage-theft case exceeds $51,000   


The TCLG Davis-Bacon compliance team was instrumental in recovering more than $51,000 lost through wage theft on a federal construction project in Oklahoma.


The U.S. Department of Labor, in response to a complaint filed by TCLG, found that California-based Helix Electric Inc., which was working on two projects at Fort Sill, violated both the Davis-Bacon Act and the Contractor Work Hours and Standards Act.


Putting back dollars in workers' wallets     

More than 269,000 workers recovered nearly $250 million in back wages in fiscal year 2013, that's up nearly 45 percent since fiscal year 2009, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Aggressive enforcement and monitoring makes a difference.

TCLG helps Kansas electricians get back nearly $40,000 lost in wage theft       

A complaint filed by TCLG on a project at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., led to the recovery of nearly $40,000 lost to wage theft.

Federal investigators found a Florida-based contractor failed to pay the full journeyman fringe benefit package, among other violations.

UA taps TCLG for education effort

Prevailing wage surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor affect the paychecks of working families. Participating in these surveys is critical, but it can be daunting.

That's why the United Association, which represents nearly 400,000 skilled tradesmen, hired TCLG to develop a comprehensive online tutorial that guides business managers through the complex process.

TCLG eyes cheating contractors nationwide 

TCLG aggressively monitors prevailing wage compliance on municipal, state and federal construction contracts
across the country. Contact us for more information on how TCLG can help the members of your local or contractor association.


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