Is the company behind a massive wind-power project in Lewis County going out of state to avoid paying local workers?
New York State Laborers’ Organizing Fund says Renewable Energy Systems, based out of Colorado, won’t hire local union workers for the project in Copenhagen because their rates are too high. The out-of-state laborers are said to be earning $17 an hour.
Officials with the group are calling on the Lewis County Industrial Agency, which helped facilitate the project with tax breaks, to either hire a local company or have RES hire local workers.
The LCIDA did not respond to a message left.
Renewable Energy Systems says the 80-mega watt wind farm is expected to be completed by next fall.