Affiliation Construction Trades, a division of the WV State Building & Construction Trades Council

Representing 20,000 union workers in the building trades industry

600 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston WV 25301 304-345-7570

Website by The Phillips Group

  • A mandated “Recovery Plan” was issued to the low bid contractor when work wasn’t completed on time and the contractor still missed the June 2018 completion date. 

  • Documents show serious quality issues with Insulated Concrete Form’s (ICF) walls and numerous other problems. 

  • OSHA inspection revealed multiple violations totaling $14,000 in initial fines for the general contractor and another $7,000 for its subcontractor.

  • Contractor committed 50 violations and fined $12,500 in addition for violation of the WV Jobs Act which requires a certain percentage of workers to be from the local labor market.

  • Engineers provided extensive lists of unfinished/substandard work to the contractor as much as 30 days beyond the scheduled completion date.

  • Massive punch lists weeks after completion date.

  • The Logan County school board had to scramble to reopen a mothballed school since the project was so far behind schedule. 

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    BOE to host public meetings about new school building (Williamson Daily News) >>

  • Architect firm for the project REJECTED Swope Construction’s work on ICF walls and anchor bolts.

  • Winning bidder Swope Construction hired subcontractors from out of the area who brought in workers from Honduras and Mexico

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      Opening of Crum school pushed back again (WSAZ) >>

Barely 1% Difference Between Bids

Rupert Elementary School

in Greenbrier County

  • $3.4 million project

  • Mere $35,000 difference between winning contractor (Swope Construction) that doesn’t pay prevailing wage and second lowest bidder (MCS) that does

  • If prevailing wage drives up costs by at least 20% as Swope claims, then why is the difference in bids only 1%?

  • A huge 21% difference between the winning and second bidder, neither pay prevailing wages. Why the difference?

  • A whopping 50% difference between the winning and third place bidder who also doesn’t pay prevailing wages!

  • No taxpayer savings when compared to estimates which assumed prevailing wages would be paid.

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  •  $1.1 million project

  • Swope Construction won bid with $31,000 margin

  • Swope Construction currently imports workers for its Crum School project

  • 2nd place bidder EP Leach, longstanding Cabell County business, pays fair wages and uses local workers

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  • Winning bidder and #2 and #3 pay wages equivalent to repealed prevailing wage rate

  • Swope Construction, currently using imported workers on another school project, came in #5

  • Chandler Swope strongly opposed the prevailing wage law but his bid was $261,000 HIGHER than the winning bidder. So where are the 25% savings? Was he planning to pocket the $$ difference on his bid?

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  • International Rigging Group of Florida had winning $979,910 bid

  • Winning bid was only $7,270 less than the second lowest bidder who would have employed local workers

  • Nomika Vavlas, an officer with International Rigging, recently pled guilty to felony “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Commit Mail Fraud” for similar work done in WV by another company operated by her and her husband

  • International Rigging is under investigation for dodging the WV Jobs Act, the law requiring companies to use at least 75% local workers on projects in excess of $500,000

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       "Contractor Admits Fraud" (Public News Service) >>

  • Projected budget of $7.6 million determined before repeal of prevailing wage

  • After prevailing wage repeal, the low bid was $8.6 million – almost $1 million over project estimate

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  • Winning bidder pays wages equal to prevailing wage rate

  • Swope Construction, whose owner testified he could build 4 schools for the price of 3 if prevailing wage were repealed, came in third at nearly $300,000 MORE than the winning bid

  • Why was his bid so much higher?

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  • Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon claimed “significant savings” reported to be $200-$300,000 given the prevailing wage law changes

  • Project estimate (with prevailing wage) for construction: $960,900

  • Winning construction bid (without prevailing wage): $986,000

  • $25,000 OVER estimate, not a $200-$300,000 savings

  • Contractor imported some workers from North Carolina

  • Records show more than a $16 /hr pay cut and no benefits for some workers

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  • Winning bidder Neighborall Construction  uses local workers and at times pays more than prevailing wage rates

  • Owners of 2nd and 3rd place bidders repeatedly claimed the elimination of prevailing wage would result in 25% to 30% savings and their bids had ZERO savings and would’ve cost taxpayers MORE

  • 2nd Place bidder Jarrett Construction opposes paying prevailing wage but was $183,000 higher than winning bid

  • 3rd place bidder Swope Construction claimed a 25% to 30% savings would result if prevailing wage was eliminated but bid $500,000 more than Neighborall

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  • Winning contractor’s bid didn’t include prevailing wage, 2nd place bid included prevailing wage

  • Difference of less than 1% between 1st and 2nd place bid on $8.64 million project

  • Insulated concrete form contractor from Wisconsin fell behind and another out-of-state contractor, Greystar Construction, was hired to help the Wisconsin firm

  • Concrete forms were improperly constructed and required major repairs before construction could continue

  • Greystar imported workers from Florida

  • Records show more than a $14 /hr pay cut and no benefits for some workers


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  • City Engineer and Public Works Director Damien Davis told Morgantown Dominion Post the city would save $1 million by not paying prevailing wage – impossible!

  • Difference between the winning bidder and 2nd place was only $442,000 but neither pay prevailing wage so the difference must be from other factors

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