July 20, 2010

OUR STAND-INS SHALL NOT BE MOVED:

To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets (Jennifer Levitz, 7/16/10, The Wall Street Journal)

Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work.

Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor.

"For a lot of our members, it's really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else," explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing.

So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2010 5:23 AM
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