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President Deadbeat Strikes Again

Twitter-in-Chief owes union contactor 2 Million for D.C. Hotel

Brian Young's picture
Jan 26, 2017

The building of Trump’s new hotel in Washington D.C. was often seen on the campaign trail.  Trump held press conferences outside of it and held a nationally televised event there on September 16th.  Now an electrical contractor is suing Trump saying that Trump has stiffed him for the $2 million it cost to do the electrical work.

The Maryland based company AES Electric, also known as Freestate Electric, says that in the lead up to the event, they were asked to work almost non-stop to finish the project, often working 10-14 hour days 7 days a week.  They then claim after the soft opening they continued the hard work through the end of October.  In total, they accrued 50 days of this almost non-stop work.  In the complaint they say that the rush from the soft opening to the October opening was because Trump wanted to hold a “Grand Opening” press conference right before the election.

According to Politico, after Freestate billed Trump for these charges, they were told that they would not be paid and instead were offered about a third of their costs. Freestate is a National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) member and their employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26. 

This is a pattern of the Trump Organization hiring contractors at one price and then attempting to bully them into taking pennies on the dollar.  As UCOMM previously reported Trump has left a trail of lawsuits and unpaid bills throughout his construction projects. In total his companies have racked up 3,500 lawsuits for failure to pay their workers.

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