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WORKERS SUFFER MOST IN DRAWN-OUT PROBE

In his Feb. 4 letter, James T. Dillon, acting commissioner of the state Department of Labor, spoke about how the Public Work Law is designed to ensure that all contractors have an equal playing field.

Is that really the case with Diamond D. Construction? How many years has it been since that investigation began? Now Judge John Curtin wants us to believe that Joseph DiPizio was treated unjustly by the Department of Labor. Why doesn't The News interview some of the people who worked for DiPizio?

I spoke with the Bureau of Public Works during the investigation of Diamond D and was told that the department had to prove that a contractor didn't pay workers prevailing wage rate on three different jobs before charges could be filed.

If this is true, why would the Department of Labor have such a ridiculous rule? It would take forever to investigate a complaint, especially if the contractor does only one job per year. What happens to the workers and their families while the investigation goes on?

As a construction worker, I can only hope that the Department of Labor will enforce the law and that it will be done in a more timely manner.

SUE DEMPSEY

Amherst

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