Some KC-area construction workers hit the picket line

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Inflation has hundreds of Kansas City-area construction workers on strike, demanding higher wages.The International Union of Painter and Allied Trades is on strike.After working through a pandemic with many members getting sick, they say they won’t let inflation beat them.”We’re not even getting a cost-of-living wage. It’s a slap in […]

Inflation has hundreds of Kansas City-area construction workers on strike, demanding higher wages.The International Union of Painter and Allied Trades is on strike.After working through a pandemic with many members getting sick, they say they won’t let inflation beat them.”We’re not even getting a cost-of-living wage. It’s a slap in the face to us. We feel disrespected,” said Renee Adams, an IUPAT union painter.About 600 workers took up pickets Tuesday after months of failed negotiations.”You can’t just sit back and take it all the time. You’ve got to actually do something about it. This is the most peaceful way to do it,” said Frank Carpenter, of the Painters and Allied Trades Union.Projects like this one at Garmin in Olathe are shut down. Even union workers not on strike are not working to show solidarity.”Every union contractor on that job honored our picket today,”The Builders Association said it’s increased starting hourly wages to $32 an hour.And that it’s “Committed to providing highly competitive, livable wages and outstanding benefits, such as family health care coverage and a substantial pension.””We’re looking to get a fair contract that is good for both sides,” Carpenter said.All parties will meet with federal mediators Wednesday afternoon.

Inflation has hundreds of Kansas City-area construction workers on strike, demanding higher wages.

The International Union of Painter and Allied Trades is on strike.

After working through a pandemic with many members getting sick, they say they won’t let inflation beat them.

“We’re not even getting a cost-of-living wage. It’s a slap in the face to us. We feel disrespected,” said Renee Adams, an IUPAT union painter.

About 600 workers took up pickets Tuesday after months of failed negotiations.

“You can’t just sit back and take it all the time. You’ve got to actually do something about it. This is the most peaceful way to do it,” said Frank Carpenter, of the Painters and Allied Trades Union.

Projects like this one at Garmin in Olathe are shut down. Even union workers not on strike are not working to show solidarity.

“Every union contractor on that job honored our picket today,”

The Builders Association said it’s increased starting hourly wages to $32 an hour.
And that it’s “Committed to providing highly competitive, livable wages and outstanding benefits, such as family health care coverage and a substantial pension.”

“We’re looking to get a fair contract that is good for both sides,” Carpenter said.

All parties will meet with federal mediators Wednesday afternoon.

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