Pinellas construction workers claim they haven’t been paid for work

Largo Wastewater Treatment Plant

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Several dozen construction workers said they have not been paid for work they did over the Thanksgiving holiday. The crews were hired by Suncoast Builders and Development.

About 30 employees said they were hired to do work at the Largo Wastewater Treatment Plant on 150th Avenue North.

Kyle Adams said he and the other workers learned Friday there was no money. “They rounded us up at about 3:15 p.m., said the owner of the company was up front and needed to speak to us. We all came up front. There was maybe 30, 35 of us, and they informed us that we weren’t going to get our paychecks,” Adams said.

Suncoast Builders and Development’s owner, Noel Jones, would not talk on camera with News Channel 8. He said by phone he could not pay the employees because he himself was still waiting to be paid by the general contracting company, PCL Construction.

PCL Construction representatives dispute that claim and wrote via email, “We have paid Suncoast everything that is contractually required in a timely manner.”

PCL Construction also released this statement early Tuesday:

“Suncoast Builders Development, Inc.’s alleged inability to perform their contractually obligated terms and conditions came to our attention on Monday, Dec. 5. In response to this situation, PCL has demanded that Suncoast Builders Development, Inc. provide adequate assurance of payment and has notified Suncoast Builders Development, Inc. of their potential default under the terms of the subcontract agreement. Suncoast Builders Development, Inc. has 72 hours contractually to remedy any default under the terms of this agreement. If the default is not remedied, we will work diligently through the default process to ensure this situation in handled properly and efficiently.”

 

It’s remains unclear if and when workers will be paid.

Adams told News Channel 8 his paycheck was going to get his family through December. Adams was evicted from his apartment over the weekend because, he said, he could not pay rent.

For now, he and his pregnant girlfriend and staying at a motel on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park.

“I’m down to my last night tonight, and we don’t know what we’re going to do,” Adams said. “I just really don’t even know what to say and it hits us so hard. I doubt there is going to be any holiday for me and my family.”

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