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Local painters go on strike for higher pay

Picketers gathered at Garmin Headquarters on Tuesday morning.
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 7:10 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2022 at 1:13 PM CDT
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OLATHE, Ks. (KCTV) - Workers for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades were out picketing Tuesday morning in Olathe as part of a strike for higher pay.

The group of a few hundred gathered outside Garmin Headquarters. Union members said it’s time for them to stand together to better their lives.

They were protesting a multi-million-dollar contract they have with The Builder’s Association because of a 1 percent pay increase, which they say is too little. Six hundred union members voted to strike, starting Tuesday.

Union members clarified that their issue is with the construction company represented by The Builder’s Association, not Garmin itself.