Workers Claim Abandonment By Staffing Company

3 years 5 months 1 week ago January 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013 Monday, January 21 2013 Monday, January 21, 2013 2:25:00 PM CST in News
By: Micah Smith

COLUMBIA - Laborers from Atlanta, Georgia said Monday they were stranded in Columbia by a staffing agency and Aspen Heights, a construction company. The laborers said they responded to an advertisement posted on Craigslist that stated a staffing agency wanted to hire 50 people for framing and general labor work in Columbia.

The ad stated that laborers would be reimbursed for travel expenses and would receive pay for lodging and food. But the workers said they have not received anything since their arrival in Columbia. Eleven remain in Columbia without enough resources to go home.

"When we found out what was going on it seemed like everybody put money in they pocket and ran off and abandoned everybody out here. It's eleven of us out here, we don't even have a way back to Atlanta. We don't know where we're going to sleep at, we don't know anything. People are really upset out here, people's families are upset," said Barceneas Cosby. 

The workers said they stopped working after two days without money or food. One worker said when he tried to reach the supervisor of the staffing agency, the agency claimed to have no knowledge of the situation.

When KOMU 8 News went to the construction site, the supervisor first agreed to talk with a reporter, but then went inside the main office and did not come back out.

Later, Aspen Heights contacted KOMU 8 News with this statement:

"This particular issue is between a subcontractor and its employees. Now that this has been brought to the attention of Aspen Heights; we are working closely with all subcontractors to make sure contractual obligations are met. The Aspen Heights Columbia project is currently in good standing with all lenders and subcontractors involved."

The workers said the staffing company doing the hiring was Everything Staffing in Marietta, Georgia, but KOMU 8 News has been unable to reach the company or verify that it was the one that placed the ad.

The laborers said that although they feel wronged by the construction company and staffing agency, they just want money to get back home to their families.

More News

Grid
List
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — This Fourth of July will be extra special for Southeast Missouri State University president Carlos Vargas-Aburto... More >>
7 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:36:38 AM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE – The Hallsville school board will vote on more than half a million dollars in budget cuts Thursday night... More >>
7 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:26:00 AM CDT in News
MONROE COUNTY - Two men broke into a Monroe County home just south of Madison and tied up the residents... More >>
7 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:20:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like most sporting venues, Busch Stadium prohibits guns. Soon, gun-carrying Cardinals fans will have the option... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:37:03 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A security guard at a St. Louis hotel is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:34:21 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two people are dead and a third critically injured following a shooting in south St. Louis.... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:31:39 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man has been indicted in a nearly $3.3 million investment fraud scheme. ... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:29:41 AM CDT in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:26:39 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has been charged with embezzling more than $86,000 from two churches.... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:20:49 AM CDT in News
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a West Point cadet from Missouri is on life support after he tried to... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:17:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Ferguson woman has been charged in the attack of a security guard at a train... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:10:11 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A group of cancer survivors and their caregivers will gather at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to celebrate... More >>
8 hours ago June 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Thursday, June 30 2016 Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:02:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Columbia Regional Airport. The single engine Piper aircraft... More >>
15 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is now offering students recovering from alcohol or substance abuse a sober housing option.... More >>
17 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in... More >>
17 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:45:39 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Three suicide bombers attacked the international terminal at an airport in Istanbul, Turkey late Tuesday. KOMU 8 News... More >>
18 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 6:43:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a proposed power line in Missouri that's part of a multi... More >>
19 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:06:32 PM CDT in News
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Authorities in sou theast Missour i have been searching for a Kansas man who hasn't been... More >>
20 hours ago June 29, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Wednesday, June 29 2016 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:42:47 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
1pm 77°
2pm 79°
3pm 80°
4pm 85°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
Access Hollywood
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Meredith Vieira Show
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
9:00p
Aquarius
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
Beauty and the Beast
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld