SAN ANTONIO- Construction workers want their boss to pay up, after claiming to go three weeks without pay.
Dennis Dahms is an electrician helper for Houston-based subcontractor Gonzales Electric. He says they were supposed to get paid last Friday but still haven't gotten a check about a week later. Workers are walking off the site daily without any money, he said.
Dahms was transferred to work at the Lytle middle school construction site after working at one of two North East ISD construction sites. All three schools are being constructed by Summit Builders. However, bonding company Liberty Mutual was brought in to manage Summit's money and cut checks to the subcontractors. An NEISD spokesperson says they're putting pressure on the company to make sure that happens.
Robert Gonzales, president of Gonzales Electric, said he's waiting for a payment from Liberty Mutual so he can make payroll. He was expecting to receive the money Thursday evening or Friday morning. He said in 20 years, he's never missed payroll.
The opening of all three schools were delayed due to problems with the builder. An NEISD spokesperson says they still expect the two schools to be complete Dec. 7 and say another round of payments from the bonding company should go out shortly.