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Charges filed against contractor dropped by Painters Union


MARCH 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Charges filed against contractor dropped by Painters Union


REGION, March 1st- Charges filed by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office on behalf of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 21 against the owners of a Lackawanna County contractor for failing to pay union members benefits have been dropped after the employer paid the amount owned.

“They paid more than $51,000 in benefits owned to our membership,” said John Gatto, Assistant Business Manager of District Council 21 in Drums.

The charges were filed against Paul Sinkaus of Scranton and his son, James Sinkaus of the Borough of Taylor in Lackawanna County. The two owned and operated the company JVS, a construction contracting company, which is currently out of business.

Mr. Gatto told the newspaper charges were filed against the two after IUPAT members were hired to proform construction work on several local building projects includes the IMAX Threater in Dickson City. “We did all we could to get our members benefits paid but were forced to take action when all we got were promises,” added Mr. Gatto.

Paul Sinkaus has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union for several decades, Vern Johnson, Vice President of Carpenters Union Local 645 told the newspaper.

The Carpenters Union also filed a complaint against the company after funds were deducted for workers’ insurance benefits, pensions and other dues but failed to turn the money over to the union. The union also withdrew the complaint after receiving a commitment the funds will be paid.

Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Paul Ware comfirmed the IUPAT received more than $51,000 in funds through Paul Sinkaus Attorney Mark Powell.

Mr. Johnson stated charges could be re-filed if the Sinkaus family fails to pay the money owed to the Carpenters Union.

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