Union calls on Paradigm, Stonepeak to pay fair share of wages owed to employees of failed contractor

The Laborers International Union of America (LIUNA) called on pipeline owner Paradigm Energy Partners and equity investor Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners to take responsibility for what the union describes as the company's "fair share" of more than $500,000 owed to 29 former employees of WCE Oil Field Services.

“We strongly believe that, as a project owner and investor that chose to hire WCE despite the company’s evident lack of qualifications, Paradigm and Stonepeak have an obligation to ensure that WCE employees are made whole for work on your project.

The WCE employees who labored on the Charlson gathering system did so in good faith, and Paradigm and Stonepeak benefited from their work. We do not believe that these employees should bear the costs of your firms’ lack of due diligence.

We request that your company immediately make all former WCE employee whole with respect to any unpaid wages, benefits, penalty wages, and accrued interest for work on Paradigm construction projects.” 

Read the full statement below, and the North Dakota District Court judgment on wages owed here.