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More than a dozen workers who were building the Hilton Garden Inn in Bettendorf said they did the work, but never saw the paycheck.

They said they worked over a month on this project and haven't been paid for three of those weeks, after their contractor got fired by the hotel's owners.

While the contractor and the owner argue over who's to blame, these workers just want their money.

"That definitely takes food off the table for my kids," said foreman for Second Generation Construction Ryan Parris.

He said he has been building this hotel since May, until his contractor was fired last week. Parris said like many of the other workers, he hasn't seen a penny for the last three weeks he worked on the project.

"I've go to do something," said Parris. "I'm not going to stand around and let somebody burn me over $4,000. I mean it's rightfully owed, he knows that.">[Duration:0:07]

He said they worked 12 hour days, six days a week trying to stay on schedule.

"I got bills and kids just like all the rest of the guys standing around here," said one of the workers Dan Kunce. "The bad thing is it affects them more than anybody. I go without eating a day or two, but my kids can't."

Many of the workers said they feel cheated.

"Everybody's always paid me," said another worker Jeff Sparks. "As a matter of fact, I get a lot of compliments for the work that I do. To not get paid, it's just a slap in my face."

Their boss, the owner of Second Generation Construction said he is supposed to get a last check from the owner of the hotel, Kinseth Hospitality Companies. But he said Kinseth has already taken him off the payroll.

"The deadlines in the beginning were 10 days per floor and they switched it to 6 days," said the owner of Second Generation Construction Michael Donahue. "It kept getting shorter and shorter and shorter. Their excuse was they're trying to make up for time and now they let us go and Randy refuses to pay us."

Kinseth said they are acting within their rights of the contract.

"They need to complete the job," said corporate construction representative for Kinseth Hospitality Co. Randy Kinseth. "I need to move forward because everyday lost is money out of our pocket and that's why there's schedules and that's why we have contracts. I don't know if I owe him any money or not because we haven't gone through the complete portion of that work."

But these workers, who said they're owed thousands of dollars are hurting.

"I just want what's owed," said Parris.

"We worked really hard and anybody that works deserves to be paid," said Kunce.

"I'm speechless, I'm hurt," said Sparks.

Parris said he's already filed a complaint with the Division of Labor Services.

Donahue said he's getting a lawyer.

The owners of the hotel said they hope to have it open in December.

 

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