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It's Not Your Father's Picket Line Anymore

If you thought your opinion of labor unions couldn't get any worse, check out this doosey from the Washington Post:

The picketers marching in a circle in front of a downtown Washington office building chanting about low wages do not seem fully focused on their message.

Many have arrived with large suitcases or bags holding their belongings, which they keep in sight. Several are smoking cigarettes. One works a crossword puzzle. Another bangs a tambourine, while several drum on large white buckets. Some of the men walking the line call out to passing women, "Hey, baby." A few picketers gyrate and dance while chanting: "What do we want? Fair wages. When do we want them? Now."

Although their placards identify the picketers as being with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, they are not union members.

They're hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket. Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses. Several have recently been released from prison. Others are between jobs.

And where are the real carpenters? They're all at work, making well over $8 an hour...


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That's funny. Those pickete... (Below threshold)

That's funny. Those picketers are almost as legit as A.C.O.R.N.s Ohio crack-head brigades. What is it about the left that makes them so disingenuous ? Oh yeah, it's those darn core beliefs of (state enforced) altruism, total equality of the "proliteriat", peace through appeasement, propagating the normalization of sexual deviants and prosperity via taxation. Lying just comes naturally I guess.

Yeah, that about sums it up.

On occasion in the San Fran... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

On occasion in the San Francisco Crock-nickel (when I was living in Silicon Valley, at least) you used to be able find ads for "protesters."

Yeah, in SF they used to hire people to go out and protest. Guess they wanted to swell the number of warm bodies in the newspaper photo.

Not sure if they still do that, I've been out of that area since the mid-90s.

Besides, with PhotoShop, they don't need warm bodies, they can add as many images of people as they want. They could even have Elvis showing up in a photo of a protest... and a lot of folks wouldn't know that it was a fake.

Well... it's nice that home... (Below threshold)

Well... it's nice that homeless guys and those out of prison can get a job.

So even homeless guys prete... (Below threshold)

So even homeless guys pretending to picket make more than minimum wage? Yeah, we need to ratchet that sucker up...

Yeah! I actually saw this ... (Below threshold)

Yeah! I actually saw this group of guys (who I though were carpenters)that were protesting last week in downtown D.C.

And I actually saw the incident that the reporter wrote about, where the guy said "hey baby" to a woman passing by.

I was commenting to my group at the time, "hey, look, that blind guy's talking to Hillary Clinton".

Yeah, we need to ratchet th... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Yeah, we need to ratchet that sucker up...
These homeless folks should picket against the union for paying them such a lousy wage.


The ironies here are so think that one could cut them with a labor-produced knife. Does the union offer these workers a chance to organize? Perhaps they should form Picket Line Walkers Local #1 and demand a better wage than $8 per hour. The working conditions sound rather grim as well. Do these workers get paid breaks, health-care coverage, and a safe working environment? Er ... no.

And let's take a look at that wage for just a moment. They're getting paid a whopping eight dollars per hour, almost certainly with no benefits. The Wal-Mart protest site, You Are Worth More, puts the average Wal-Mart hourly pay at $9.26 per hour -- which means they pay better than Labor pays its protest workers by 16%. Another site, Wake Up Wal-Mart, notes that the lowest paid job at the retailer still pays $8.23 per hour, and it doesn't involve hours of pacing in the hot sun during the summertime. And while some may consider Wal-Mart's benefits package insufficient, at least it exists.

Hey, at least they're not w... (Below threshold)
C-C-G Author Profile Page:

Hey, at least they're not working for one of the contractors for both the DNC and MoveOn, by the name of Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (What a name... incorporating "grassroots"!)

The workers claim they were forced to work 10-15 hours per day, six to seven days a week, at a salary of $24,000 per year. The workers allege they received no overtime pay and often had to pay for work related expenses out of pocket. Furthermore, breaks were limited, and lunch and dinner hours were frequently cut short or removed completely. Not only are these hours, wages, and conditions illegal in many states across America, they are, according to the plaintiff's attorney Robert Nelson, "like something out of Upton Sinclair's famous labor novel from 1906, The Jungle."

Armstrong Williams has more details.

hey're hired feet, or, a... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

hey're hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket. Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses.

Doing the picketing Unions won't do...perhaps they could have saved themselves a few bucks by getting some illegal aliens...er, undocumented Union labourers to do it.

If a union can afford to hi... (Below threshold)

If a union can afford to hire full-time picketers, then the pay of the workers of that union exceeds the justification needed for that strike.

Hey Beh Bee.=======<... (Below threshold)

Hey Beh Bee.






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