Workers renovating downtown Peoria’s largest hotel will soon be getting paid.
The payment dispute dates back to early September, when roughly a dozen workers on the Hawkeye Hotels project at the former Four Points by Sheraton complained to union representatives that they were not getting paid.
After months of negotiations, a labor attorney based in Springfield helped seven workers net a near $20,000 settlement.
That settlement is from a California-based contractor called Nathan Moore Renovations (NMR).
"They're all hand written. He'd write, 40,50 checks and some of the checks some weeks wouldn't go through, wouldn't clear the banks," said worker Warren Little.
"Well, unfortunately, in this day and age, there are still unscrupulous contractors and this is more common than you would think,” said union labor secretary Matt Bartolo.
Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says this type of behavior is unacceptable.
He and City Manager Patrick Urich now believe that Hawkeye Hotels is adding improved recreational facilities to the Four Points property, with a goal of re-opening in April or May of next year.