Calgary workers seek funds weeks after payment promised
'I had bills to pay. I needed groceries and stuff like that,' said former From Foundation to Finish employee
Some construction workers in Calgary say a home building company still owes them wages.
Their former employer told CBC news in late November the plan was to pay them all back before Christmas.
William Hill says From Foundation to Finish owes him close to $3,000 — wages he says he's been missing since his paycheque bounced in early November.
"My cheque bounced on Nov. 7. It was my first paycheque. My only paycheque."
He said without the support of his family and his roommate he doesn't know where he would be.
"I had bills to pay. I needed groceries and stuff like that," said Hill. "They'll tell everybody, 'Hey, don't worry, we're going to pay ya'. Well, when?"
Kirk Kimberley, the company's owner, said in November he had made mistakes that resulted in about $10,000 in unpaid wages.
"I fell down on my part of that deal. I totally did. And ... I feel terrible for it," he said at the time.
Kimberley said he had already paid back some workers and planned to pay the rest by mid-December. But some former employees say they're still waiting.
In an email Tuesday, Kimberley said he has paid almost half the employees that are owed wages, and still plans to pay the rest.
The province's employment standards department says it's now looking into 16 claims against From Foundation to Finish — all filed within the last month.
"Part of it is just, you know, the anger. Feeling helpless, like, what can I do, right? I don't want this to keep happening to people," said Hill. "A lot of it had to do with anger ... the feeling of being taken advantage of.
"You know, it's unfortunate that when they make mistakes we're the ones that have to pay for it — and I'm tired of it."