If You Think Donald Trump ‘Really Wants’ To “Make America Great Again,” Then Read The ‘Real Story’ On His Own Party’s Attacks On Trump For Hiring Undocumented Polish Workers
In 1980, Trump Hired 200 Undocumented Polish Workers To Demolish A Building On Fifth Avenue In Manhattan To Build The Trump Tower. The Workers Sued Trump, Saying They Received $4 To $5 An Hour To Work 12-Hour Shifts, Seven Days A Week.
(NEW YORK CITY) – During last week’s Republican Presidential Debate, Marco Rubio came out swinging at Donald Trump with a big accusation: Trump hired unauthorized immigrants from Poland.
"Fined ($1 million) for hiring Polish Workers on one of his projects," Rubio said, urging the audience to look it up on Google. "He did it. That happened."
Rubio is mostly right.
It does show up on Google.
And it did happen, but Trump didn't pay a $1 million fine - although he did pay an undisclosed sum.
Whether it will actually hurt Trump, a candidate who's consistently gotten away with inconsistencies in his record, is - of course - another question entirely.
For the development of the crown jewel of Trump's real estate empire - the Trump Tower - Trump hired around 200 undocumented Polish immigrants for the first part of the project.
The New York Times, which covered the allegations as they played out in the courts, explained: In 1980, Mr. Trump did hire around 200 undocumented Polish Workers to demolish the Bonwit Teller Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to make way for the Trump Tower. The Workers later sued Mr. Trump, saying that they had been underpaid and mistreated. They said they received $4 to $5 an hour - if that - to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Trump blamed any violations on the demolition contractor whom he said he later fired, but a judge ruled that Trump had indeed withheld about $4 million from the Workers.
Fifteen years after the court battle began, one of the Laborers involved described the terrible working conditions to The New York Times: "We worked in horrid, terrible conditions," Wojciech Kozak said, noting conditions in which Workers were choked by clouds of asbestos dust while wearing no protective equipment. "We were ‘frightened’ illegal immigrants and ‘did not know enough’ about ‘our rights.’"
What's more, Trump's contractor allegedly hired the undocumented Laborers to avoid fully paying American Laborers.
The Times reported Demolition Workers Local 95 of the Laborers' International Union of North America had a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Kaszycki Company of Herkimer, New York requiring it to pay specified Wages to Union and Non-Union Workers at the Trump Tower site and to make additional payments for each Worker into the Local's Pension and Medical Insurance Funds.
Attorneys Wendy Sloan and Lewis Steel, who served as legal counsel for current and retired Local 95 Members in the suit, assert that William Kaszycki - owner of the contracting company, hired about 200 Polish immigrants who were not Local 95 Members and agreed to pay them $4 to $5 an hour on 12-hour shifts seven days a week.
The Kaszycki Company, the plaintiffs said, violated the Union's $11-an-hour Minimum Wage Scale and made payments to the Local's Welfare Funds for only 12 to 15 Employees.
The contractor also failed to pay the 200 Poles their full Wages, causing work stoppages and delays.
The litigation was repeatedly delayed due to the deaths of several people involved in the lawsuit and procedural technicalities.
Trump eventually settled out of court, paying an undisclosed sum.
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