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Mr. Jim Wakefield

Wrong Jim Wakefield?

President, Estimator and Project ...

Phone: (865) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.com
The Wakefield Corporation
P.O. Box 31198
Knoxville, Tennessee 37930
United States

Company Description: For over 25 years, The Wakefield Corporation's focus has been on one thing and one thing only- EXCELLENCE. This focus has resulted in excellence in construction and...   more
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The Wakefield Corporation || Contact
www.thewakefieldcorp.com, 18 Mar 2014 [cached]
Jim Wakefield President, Estimator/Project Manager
Covenant Health | ...
www.wakefieldsucks.com, 23 May 2012 [cached]
Covenant Health | Covenant Health Attempts to Stop Carpenters Union Free Speech.  Government Sends Them Packing. | Covenant Health | Covenant Health Tries to Stop Protest Against Wakefield | Also, Jim Wakefield says Knoxville workers fail drug tests in his office every day! WakefieldSucks.com
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"You would generally expect Wakefield to try some legal maneuvers, but I was surprised to see a third party like Covenant Health step in and put their own finances into this fight," said Helton.
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Jim Wakefield, owner of The Wakefield Corporation, was equally perplexed. "I don't have any idea why Covenant Health filed charges," Mr. Wakefield told wakefieldsucks.com in a recent interview. "I don't have any reason to file charges against the Carpenters," he added.
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During Jim Wakefield's interview, we gave him an opportunity to correct the record about a story which appeared in the local paper and is reprinted on the "Shallow Pool Jim" page of www.wakefieldsucks.com. Before becoming afraid to answer questions without his attorney present to hold his hand through the interview, Jim Wakefield did comment on the story from 2005. His primary defense of the article was that his comments were five years old, but when asked if he still believed it took twice as long to train Anglos as Hispanics, he refused to recant his statement. When asked if he still believed that Knoxville workers could not pass a drug test, he stated, "The fail them in my office, every day. We find this hard to believe, but we find it even harder to believe that Jim Wakefield has stood by his ridiculous statements for five years. We find it even harder still to believe that a company like Covenant Health would put their treasure up to help a man like Jim Wakefield stop the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council from educating the public about the truth of The Wakefield Corporation.
Trustees
www.abcsif.com, 1 July 2013 [cached]
Jim Wakefield Wakefield Corporation Post Office Box 31198 Knoxville, TN 37930 Phone: (865) 675-1550 Fax: (865) 675-1582
Jim Wakefield claimed to be ...
www.wakefieldsucks.com, 21 Dec 2011 [cached]
Jim Wakefield claimed to be interested in becoming a union contractor, which, contrary to his bogus claims to newspapers, is his right under federal law without the consent of his workforce. Then, The Wakefield Corporation seemed to hit a snag. The usually resolute and in control Jim Wakefield became squirrelly when we told him that if he became a union contractor, he would have to become legitimate and would not be allowed to use a cash-pay workforce. At this point, Wakefield tried to reason that in order to be "competitive" he had to sometimes use a nontaxable workforce through an entity called "labor brokers", but we informed him that our contractors must comply with all labor laws including deducting taxes from employees like every other legitimate company in America. To see how much this kind of activity costs Tennessee tax payers, click here. We are not sure if Jim Wakefield was ever serious or if he enacted an elaborate ruse to try to gain access to our training material, but after securing all of the information he could get from the union, Wakefield decided that he would leave the decision up to the workers in a "vote" that he would personally supervise. Given that federal law provides workers with an avenue for a secret ballot election precisely to prevent the boss from intimidating the workers and tainting the outcome of the vote, we are quite frankly surprised that ANY of his workers were brave enough to challenge the boss and his goons right to their faces. Prior to the boss-conducted, boss-supervised election, at individual meetings, workers reported that while they were in favor of joining the union, The Wakefield Corporation's supervisors were intimidating them to vote against the union. While most of the workers succumbed to the pressure of the underhanded tactics of management with a no vote during the very public "election" conducted by Jim Wakefield himself, many of the workers soon made their true choice clear by joining the union and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them by honest and responsible union contractors. While we did not approach The Wakefield Corporation with an organizing intention, once the workers saw the benefits of state-of-the-art productivity training and decent wages, not even Jim Wakefield could stop the mass exodus of his workforce. When Wakefield first mentioned his organizing claim, we notified him by registered mail of our disinterest in allowing him to become a union contractor. We thought a second letter would get the message through his thick skull, but he continues to spout what he knows is nonsense to any lapdog reporter who will listen.
1. Fiction:We want Wakefield ...
www.wakefieldsucks.com, 21 Dec 2011 [cached]
1. Fiction:We want Wakefield to be a union contractor.
Fact:We are not asking The Wakefield Corporation to become a union contractor nor are we asking any of his workers to join the union. While many of Jim Wakefield's workers have left the tyranny of The Wakefield Corporation to get the dignity and respect of receiving area standards, all the union wants is for Wakefield's NONUNION workforce to receive area standards while working for the NONUNION company, The Wakefield Corporation. Every industry has business groups designed to protect the standards of the industry. We want to protect our industry from companies who drive wages down and drive quality craftsmen out of the industry, altogether. Even Jim Wakefield's daughter Erin recognizes the problems the industry is having attracting quality craftsmen into the industry, but she ignores her company's role in making the industry unattractive. See her admission here: http://constructor.agc.org/mag/2008_11-12/features/0811-72.asp This is not a Wakefield vs. Union problem.
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An NLRB election would have been a secret ballot vote, and Jim Wakefield would not have been allowed to be present. Instead, Jim Wakefield called for the vote himself, where he FORCED his workers to a public vote IN FRONT of him.
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5. Fiction: Jim Wakefield pays his men higher wages than the union.
Fact: We will acknowledge that some of Jim Wakefield's workers are paid higher wages than some of the union workers but only to the extent that we are comparing career carpenters to apprentices. The Wakefield Corporation using their "heavy hitters" to represent the entire operation is disingenuous, and Jim Wakefield knows it. Reporters never seem to ask Jim Wakefield about his use of cash-pay workers. How many of the cash-pay workers have the benefits that Wakefield likes to crow about?
6. Fiction: Jim Wakefield provides benefits including vacation to his workers.
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Most articles look to us as if Jim Wakefield wrote the story himself and emailed it to the reporter minutes before deadline.
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Wakefield claimed to be interested in becoming a union contractor, which, contrary to his bogus claims to newspapers, is his right under federal law without the consent of his workforce. Then, Wakefield seemed to hit a snag. The usually resolute and in control Jim Wakefield became squirrelly when we told him that if he became a union contractor, he would have to become legitimate and would not be allowed to use a cash-pay workforce. Wakefield tried to reason that in order to be "competitive" he had to sometimes use a nontaxable workforce, but we informed him that our contractors must comply with all labor laws including deducting taxes from employees like every other legitimate company in America. We are not sure if Jim Wakefield was ever serious or if he enacted an elaborate ruse to try to gain access to our training material, which he asked for a copy of on numerous occasions, but after securing all of the information he could get from the union, Wakefield decided that he would leave the decision up to the workers in a vote that he would personally supervise. At individual meetings, workers reported that while they were in favor of joining the union, The Wakefield Corporation's supervisors were intimidating them to vote against the union. While most of the workers succumbed to the pressure of the underhanded tactics of management with a no vote during the very public "election" attended and witnessed by Jim Wakefield himself, many of the workers soon made their true choice clear by joining the union and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded them by honest and responsible union contractors. While we did not approach The Wakefield Corporation with an organizing intention, once his workers saw the benefits of state-of-the-art productivity training and decent wages, not even Jim Wakefield could stop the mass exodus of his workforce. When Wakefield first mentioned his organizing claim, we notified him by registered mail of our disinterest in allowing him to become a union contractor. We thought a second letter would get the message through his thick skull, but he continues to spout what he knows is nonsense to any lapdog reporter who will listen.
11. Fiction:They tried to get me to make the decision personally.
Fact: Jim Wakefield was always well-aware of the federal exemptions which allow construction companies to make a union decision on their own. He was always crystal clear that the decision would be his until he found out that he had to pay taxes on ALL of his workers.
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22. Fiction: Why do you say "Jim Wakefield is anti-American worker"? Fact:The idea was taken from an article written about The Wakefield Corporation. In the article, Jim Wakefield complains of being forced to hire workers from Mexico and Central American because of the "shallow pool" of local workers who can pass a drug test or are trainable. Wakefield bragged that he could train a Hispanic worker twice as fast as a local "anglo" worker. We do not view the Knoxville talent pool as shallow. Saying that the majority of us can not pass a drug test is offensive. We believe that what Jim Wakefield really meant was that he could not get workers to agree to a "cash-pay, no taxes" system that his 77 "temporary workers" would agree to.
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