Union banner at governor's office 

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters has set up its latest picket outside of the Borah Building, which houses the governor's office and several other state offices while the Statehouse is under construction. But the target of the banner is Jacobsen Hunt, lead contractor on the Idaho Capitol restoration project.

The carpenters tried to set up closer to the Jacobsen Hunt trailers on the job site, but were moved to, of all places, the Governor's Office.

According to the crude fliers being distributed, two Jacobsen Hunt subcontractors are not paying workers enough or providing adequate health care and pensions.

"A rat is a contractor that does not pay all of its employees the area standard wages, including either providing or making payments for family health care and pension benefits," reads the flier, emblazoned with a drawing of a rat.

Carpenters have carried on their banner campaign for area standard wages across downtown Boise but are taking it to a new level with a lunchtime barbecue on Thursday for construction crews.

A Jacobsen representative said that the subcontractors go through a bidding process and are not bound by area wage requirements.

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