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Subcontractor at the large Amazon distribution facility in Papillion is accused of not paying their workers

PAPILLION, Nebraska – The enormous Amazon distribution center in Papillion is not yet operational, but a small army of machinery installers is working to bring it there.

After another subcontractor abruptly quit the project, a new subcontractor has assumed responsibility for the work. Over a hundred employees allege they are entitled back pay.

Cesar Del Bianco keeps his tools of the profession accessible.

Del Bianco stated, “I’m ready to work.”

IMI of Nashville was contracted to install conveyors for the Amazon distribution hub. Cesar reports that the subcontractor IMI abandoned town and left him without payment for two weeks.

“I have numerous debts; where do you want me to begin? Begin with this room, advised Del Bianco.

The Arkansas couple claims IMI owes Cesar $4,000 in per diem.

“The number one issue is where is our money and when are they going to pay us, my husband, and the other hundred or so men who have not been paid,” said Angela Del Bianco, the husband’s wife.

IMI owes a total of $500,000 to 140 employees for the Papillion Amazon project. These are the numbers constructed by the Carpenters Union.

“If IMI is unwilling to pay, the debt must be returned to the property owner. They are the ones holding the large sum of money, and they have not paid it out in full because the project is not yet complete, according to Dan Riskowski of the Carpenters Union.

Therefore, the Carpenters Union has gone to the Sarpy County Register of Deeds and filed 32 liens on lot one willa, where the Amazon plant is allegedly located.

Riskowski stated, “Someone must step up and see that these men are compensated.”

However, Amazon is not identified as the property owner; a Texas LLC is. In addition, the project has a general contractor and a mechanical contractor, thus there is a buffer between IMI, the delinquent subcontractor, and the general contractor and mechanical contractor.

The Carpenters Union and the employees do not want these liens to be filed away and forgotten. They plan for them to serve as a message to the project’s leading corporations.

A spokeswoman for Amazon states that this is a structure that will be used by Amazon in the future, but that the construction workers owe the money. He asserts that it is not money owed by Amazon, but the Carpenters Union feels it is possible to assign responsibility for workers’ back pay.

Riskowski stated, “This lien will hopefully put pressure on Amazon and IMI to work together and ensure that you all receive payment.”

“I hope so,” Del Bianco replied.

According to a project manager, IMI has a Nashville address but is Canadian-owned. According to him, IMI abruptly abandoned eight projects around the country.

This left over 500 employees owing between $4,000 and $15,000. The new subcontractor has hired a significant number of Papillion site employees.

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