Truland Systems workers consider class-action lawsuit over back wages

Truland Systems building in Reston, Va. (Photo: WJLA)

RESTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Union workers at the now-defunct Truland Systems have consulted lawyers about pursuing a possible class-action lawsuit against their former employer, ABC7 News has learned.

The key basis for that suit is a July 18 e-mail sent from Truland's president to employees - just three days before the huge electrical contractor abruptly closed its' doors - assuring them the company's finances were fine even though it was behind on its' payroll.

"This week several large checks promised to us never came in," wrote Rob Truland, but "we now have sufficient funds to cover outstanding wages."

He also promised in the note that "cash collections for the coming weeks are sufficient to cover payroll."

As of Wednesday, some members of Local 26 of the Electrician's Union said they still hadn't been paid for weeks of work prior to Truland's shutdown.

It sounds like they lied (in the e-mail)," said electrician David Moore. "That's a pretty bad."

Bankruptcy petitions filed involving Reston-based Truland Systems are currently pending in D.C. federal court.