Farmington school district guards not getting paid

Posted at: 04/02/2013 6:24 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2013 6:26 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You work all week, and your paycheck bounces, if you get a check at all.

Some security guards say they can't afford that kind of employment anymore, so they've walked off the job.

That includes some guards who work at the Farmington school district.

Andy Beyale has been a security guard for Chief Building Services since November, and all that hard work is not paying off.

"They pay us but no one in the Farmington, Shiprock, Kirtland area will honor the checks we get from chief security," said Beyale.

Beyale says he and several other guards aren't getting their pay checks on time, and when they finally get them, they can't cash them. Some businesses won't cash the checks because they know they might bounce.

"It's frustrating come pay day and you don't have a pay check," said Beyale.

Because he hasn't been paid, Beyale's life insurance company dropped him.

Now several of the guards are fed up with the late pay and bouncing checks, so they decided to do something drastic. Yesterday, they walked out of their jobs.

To get some answers, KOB Eyewitness News 4 contacted the Farmington office of chief building security.  They referred us to company headquarters in Phoenix.  Our calls have not been returned.

But KIOB did learn the owner of the company is out of the country, in the military, stationed in Afghanistan.

KOB talked to officials at Farmington Municipal school District, which has a contract to use nine guards.

They said if the situation doesn't get resolved, they could file a breach of contract.

"It gets to the point where you want to go to another company," Beyale said.

And that's what Andy's doing. He's looking for another job.