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Union Members Picket Drywall Company

Union Members Picket Drywall Company

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(KSL News) -- Members of a carpenters union picketed a Davis County drywall company, claiming it doesn't pay wages that are standard in the area. The union members walked the picket line outside of Kenco Drywall of Layton.

The union claims Kenco doesn't pay its drywallers the standard wage for that type of work. Union reps say drywallers fall under the carpenter's union, and the going rate should be about $21 an hour, plus benefits.

Daniel O'Shea, senior representative with Southwest Carpenters, said, "There's a lot of good contractors in the state of Utah, union and non-union, and then there are some that are at the bottom of the barrel, and this is one of those."

Kenco sharply disagrees, saying it has a good group of workers as proof.

"They claim that Kenco doesn't offer benefits or pay area standard wages, which in fact we do. With Utah's unemployment we wouldn't have the employees, the good employees that we do, if we didn't compete," said Scott Cavanaugh, with Kenco Drywall, Inc.

Kenco has recently picked up several "high-profile" drywall contracts and thinks that's why the union is picketing its headquarters.

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