As big development dollars flow into Portland amid an explosion of new luxury apartments, McMansions and high-rises, it’s a money grab for those looking down from the top floor of the construction industry.
For many laborers at the bottom, however, it’s a gamble.
Will they get a paycheck? Will it include payment for all the hours they worked, including overtime? Will their earnings, at the very least, equate to minimum wage?
Too often, the answer to those questions is no.