<p>I wonder why-</p>
Galicia and other illegal immigrants testified before the state's Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals that their supervisor, David Jones, had recruited them from other states and moved them into a house in Bothell run by Jones' brother-in-law.</p>
<p>Galicia said he worked 12-hour days, six days a week, for which Jones paid him between $4 and $7 an hour in cash, once a month.</p>
<p>Galicia and the others testified that Jones told them they worked for Ketchikan Drywall. They picked up sheets of drywall from Ketchikan's warehouse, hung them at Ketchikan job sites with Ketchikan's tools and were supervised by Jones and his brother-in-law, both Ketchikan employees, according to court testimony.
<p>Personally, I prefer working with my hands & back-I tried to work on construction sites when I was younger, but lack of upper body strength/size made it difficult.</p>
<p>However- if these workers were legal, they would qualify for at least minimum wage and workmans comp, I suspect the industry prefers workers that they can intimidate and pay whatever they feel like.
( Yes I know that without illegals, developers cant throw up buildings as fast as they would like- time is money ya know..... but personally, if the pace of ripping out single family homes that are replaced by condos slowed in my neighborhood, I don't think anyone but the developer would be crying into their beer)</p>
<p>Difficult to find contractors though that hire english speaking workers, the ones that do, don't seem to charge the consumer much more, although the business owner will be making less profit.