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Construction workers claim they haven't been paid in weeks

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A group of construction workers claims they haven't seen a paycheck for their hard work in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

A protest by labor organizers was held Friday outside the Mainstay Suites in Ingleside. According to the workers, they were hired following Hurricane Harvey to do some construction work. 

Robert Torres told us in Spanish that he worked at the site for five days. "We removed everything that had wet damage, we removed furniture, everything that was damaged," Torres explained.

Andy Chacon, another worker said he's been waiting for his check since September. "I worked about 100 hours, it's a lot of money and it's a lot of people too."

According to the contractors, Welco Construction decided to leave the job site on September 7th because of a dispute with LSDG Roofing, which was working with Welco. 

Welco told their employees their checks would be available on September 15th. However, LSDG Roofing was in charge of submitting time sheets for their employees. 

When Action 10 News contacted LSDG Roofing, they said they never hired those employees and they weren't responsible for their time sheets. 

Hector Lopez, a job rights activist says, unpaid wages is common in the construction industry. "Typically the subcontractor would say well it's the general contractor it's their problem, they haven't paid me, they've paid you, you go to the general contractor says what are you talking about, so they are just throwing the ball back and forth,"

LSDG Roofing said, there is an investigation regarding this case with the U.S Department of Labor. 

In the meantime, labor groups are hoping to find justice for these workers in the legal system. "probably a lawsuit for unpaid labor," said Lopez. 

If you need to claim a check with Welco Construction, you are asked to contact their main office between 8am-4:30 pm at 210-212-0586. 

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