By Matthew Capece, Special Representative to the General President
Members of UBC regional councils stepped up in a big way during Tax Fraud Days of Action events across the U.S. and Canada, proclaiming that the time is now to put a stop to Construction Industry Tax Fraud.
Over the course of about five days leading up to and including U.S. Tax Day, April 15, thousands of UBC members rallied, marched, distributed leaflets, met with government officials at all levels and created a storm on social media—all to educate policymakers, the media and the public about the fraud epidemic.
Members of the Atlantic Canada Regional Council posted a sign reading “Tax Fraud Day of Action Starts Here” on the rocky coast of Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most easterly point in North America. And as the sun raced across the continent UBC members took action; Boston, Albany, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Miami, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Jefferson City, Austin, Denver, Olympia, Sacramento, San Diego, Honolulu and many cities in between.
In a release to the media on April 16, UBC General Vice President Frank Spencer said, “We all spoke in a unified voice to declare that basic employment and tax laws need to be enforced for the welfare of workers, responsible employers and all taxpayers.”
A sampling of media coverage so far includes news items and opinion pieces in outlets including WCAX3, New York; Wisconsin Public Radio; NBC 7, San Diego; The Philadelphia Inquirer; The Eagle-Tribune, Massachusetts; Construction Citizen (national); Metro News, Charleston, WV; Telemundo (Southern California); the Missouri Times; and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Thank you to all who have participated—and please stay involved! This is just the beginning.
Here are a few examples of the media coverage of Tax Fraud Days of Action events:
Missouri—by EST Al Bond
Opinion: Tax Cheats Hurt Taxpayers and Honest Workers
Telemundo Report–En Espanol