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Some Durham construction workers say they haven't been paid in weeks

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A memo from Dayeco dated May 6 blames "circumstances beyond our foreseeable control" for the delay. The memo also states check distribution is "postponed." A memo from Dayeco dated May 6 blames "circumstances beyond our foreseeable control" for the delay. The memo also states check distribution is "postponed."
DURHAM, N.C. -

Several workers for Dayeco Construction said they have not been paid for as many as six weeks while working on the Southside Revitalization Project in Durham.

Dayeco worker Michael David said being hired nine months ago to work on the project was a blessing but it has turned in to the exact opposite.

David said he is owed more than six weeks pay.

A memo from Dayeco dated May 6 blames "circumstances beyond our foreseeable control" for the delay. The memo also states check distribution is "postponed."

David has a paycheck he received June 28 for work done nearly a month earlier from May 18 through May 31.

“They tell us it's the paperwork. They tell us it has to go through a lot of channels,” David said. “The only problem with that is, does it take six weeks for everything to go through the proper channels?"

David has stayed on the revitalization project because it is tied to child support.

The City of Durham said it does not have direct connection with Dayeco because the company is a subcontractor.

The Southside Revitalization Project is a joint effort between H.J. Russell and Company and Metcon.

Willie Russell, vice president of H.J. Russell and Company, said all subcontractors on the project have been paid.

WNCN checked with the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Bureau. We were told Dayeco has been investigated 10 times since 2011. Two of those cases remain open.

Robert Alston said the Department of Labor helped him get several hundred dollars from Dayeco last year.

But Alston said Dayeco owes him payment for work at an North Carolina State jobsite from last month.

"We were told that if there was a problem with the money, then just give them a couple of days or so and it was straight,” Alston said. “He said it wasn't going to be like it was last year. So this year, it ended up being a month and a week. It started all over again."

Dayeco’s owner, Thomas Daye, did not return multiple calls for comment.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina. 

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