Homeless Worker Probe Update


Yesterday, we told you about the plight of a group of construction workers who said they went unpaid for six weeks or more, then were fired and now are stranded in Reno.
Many of you saw our story, and wanted to help.
News channel eight's Ed Pearce joins us now with a follow-up.
Ed, there are still a lot of questions to be answered, but at least these people are getting some help in the meantime.
And help was needed. Our story last night prompted the Salvation Army to step in with food, housing and medical care. Meanwhile at least two state agencies have launched investigations into what appears to be a troubled construction project.
It's been several weeks since Francisco Echeverria has seen a paycheck and it may be several more before he does again. Today at least he has a hot meal in front of him.
Until late last week the workers were helping build condominiums north of the university. When paychecks stopped, they say promises were made and they kept working
None of the men is from our area. They're from places like Missouri, Texas and Oklahome. Far from home and desperate.The men say they were working for Keating Construction of Kansas City. The contractor....Summit Contractors from Jacksonville, Florida....told us yesterday. they had paid Keating. Keating should have paid the men. But Keating has no license in Nevada. The subcontractor of record is a Las Vegas firm.
No one from Summit was available to add to their comments today. Joel Coffman of Stratford Hills in Las Vegas told us his firm did framing work on the project as a subcontractor and he says if any of the workers were his, they will be paid. He says his only relationship with Keating was that one of their employees was a consultant on hiring and payroll. Repeated attempts to contact Keating have been unsuccessful. No one answers their office phone and the voice mailbox is full. We have learned one year ago they were involved in a labor dispute concerning the construction of a university dormitory in Kansas City The issue...out of state workers....mostly Hispanic...and how they were being paid.


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