Workers Say They Haven't Seen a Paycheck in Weeks

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Some workers at Transprint USA said they haven't seen a paycheck in three weeks and several of them are refusing to go back to work until they get paid.

Many workers said they can't afford to support their families anymore and they just don't understand why they're not getting paid.

Transprint USA workers, like Scott Leake, said they don't want to go back to work until they get paid.

"When all of this started, they were just messing with me, but now they're messing with my family, my livelihood, my place to live,” said Leake, “And it's getting to the point where my family just doesn't know where our next meal is coming from because we just can't afford it."

Leake said the company hasn't given him a paycheck in three weeks and it's taking a toll on his family. He said it's bad enough that he's suffering, but to have this affect his son is even worse.

"And one of the hardest things I've had to go through since all of this started was me telling him I just don't have enough money to get you anything for your 18th birthday.'

Some of the workers just received a paycheck for the first time in three weeks on Thursday, with only a third of what they're owed, and no hours recorded of the time they've put in.

Danny Roberts is another worker who was struggling without the pay. He said he has to commute from Waynesboro to Harrisonburg every day, so that fraction of a paycheck just won't cut it.

"That's not even enough to pay two of my bills and maybe put a little drop in my gas tank, that's it," said Roberts.

It's not enough for many Transprint USA workers, so some of them won't go back until they get answers.

"Of the let's say $1700 they owe me, they paid me $215 today. That's not going to pay my mortgage. That's not going to feed my family, that's not going to put gas in my vehicle to get me back and forth to work. We just need answers and we need our money."

Some workers have been at the company for about 20 years. They said they love their jobs and don't want to leave, but they can't afford to stay without a paycheck.

A WHSV reporter reached out to the senior vice president of the company and she denied to comment.

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