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Kansas City-area painters, allied trades union members strike Tuesday

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Posted at 6:05 AM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 14:03:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 2012 will strike on Tuesday.

The union encompasses trades from painting and glazing to drywall and flooring.

Members voted to strike because they "answered the call to work during the height of the pandemic" and continued to work, but have not had successful negotiations to increase payment.

Unions members could be seen striking at the Garmin construction site in Olathe early Tuesday morning, hoping to negotiate better pay with the Builder's Association.

It's not yet clear what other job sites may see strikers.

The Builders' Association, a nonprofit commercial construction trade association, released a statement regarding negotiations.

"The Builders’ Association has engaged in federal mediation to determine the specific wage percentage increase and remains committed to pursuing the collective bargaining process in good faith with the goal of reaching an agreement," the association said in a statement.

The association said they made an offer on behalf of employers to those striking to increase hourly rates for work to more than $32 per hour along with other benefits.

IUPAT officials said members of the Kansas City, Missouri, city council will join strikers in support at 2 p.m. at the Mark Twain Building Tuesday