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Unions Are Hiring Non-Union Picketers!

We almost missed this bit of irony from last Friday, via the Wall Street Journal:

To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets

Jobless Recruits Get Minimum Wage ‘To March Around and Sound Off’


JULY 16, 2010

WASHINGTON—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.

Yes, it is very hard to find valet parking in the area. And it’s not a good idea to park your BMW or Jaguar on the streets of DC unattended.

So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines. Mr. Raye says he’s grateful for the work, even though he’s not sure why he’s doing it. "I could care less," he says. "I am being paid to march around and sound off."

Protest organizers and advocacy groups are reaping an unexpected benefit from continued high joblessness. With the national unemployment rate currently at 9.5%, an "endless supply" of the out-of-work, as well as retirees seeking extra income, are lining up to be paid demonstrators, says George Eisner, the union’s director of organization. Extra feet help the union staff about 150 picket lines in the District of Columbia and Baltimore each day.

Yet another reason for Washington’s booming economy.

Online postings recruit paid activists for everything from stopping offshore drilling to defending the Constitution.

In California, one group is offering to pay $10 and up per hour to activists to hold signs in demonstrations against foam cups and plastic bags

These are the kind of rent a mobs that the media calls ‘grassroots,’ as long as their represent the left’s (that is to say, the media’s) agenda. Otherwise, they are ‘astroturf.’

We are reminded of how ACORN pays people less than minimum wage, while a higher minimum wage is one of the issues that they were created to push.

For four hours at the recent Mid-Atlantic carpenters’ union protest in D.C., about 50 picketers-for-hire—some smoking cigarettes, reading the paper, or on their phones; a few leaning on canes—walked in a circle outside the McPherson Building…

"Low Pay! Go away!" and "That Rat Gotta Go!" the union stand-ins chanted as other workers banged cow-bells and beat on a trio of empty plastic buckets…

The union’s Mr. Garcia sees no conflict in a union that insists on union labor hiring nonunion people to protest the hiring of nonunion labor.

He says the pickets are not only about "union issues" but also about fair wages and benefits for American workers. By hiring the unemployed, "we are also giving back to the community a bit," he says.

Translation: ‘It’s okay when we do it.’ And never mind that unions drive more and more jobs out of the country every day.

Still, where on earth is the SEIU? They are missing out on a potential goldmine by not organizing ‘grassroots’ protestors.

After all, protesting is practically all the SEIU ever does.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Unions Are Hiring Non-Union Picketers!”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    It’s all expedience with no honor.

  2. untrainable says:

    If this weren’t so indicative of the mentality of the union leaders in this country it would be funny. What’s next, a union for non-union workers that protest people hiring non-union workers? Only if they’re unionized!
    I understand the need for a little extra cash, but to protest something that you “could care less” about? (Actually it should be “couldn’t care less” about. See how that works, he cares so little that he couldn’t care any less. Nobody said protesters had to be able to speak the language.

    Why not bring in some illegal aliens to protest illegal immigration and amnesty. Bring in some communists to protest Obama policies. Bring in some SEIU thugs to protest voter intimidation. Bring in ACORN to protest voter fraud. Bring in BP to protest off-shore drilling. Where will the stupidity end?

  3. wardmama4 says:

    The hypocrisy is stunning and so ironic – that the uneducated – don’t even get it. And it proves the point that the unions (in America) are a thing of the past and the ‘Union’ must resort (like our Thug Administration, Congress and MSM) to lies, cheating and obfuscation to achieve their intended goal.

    Good thing to know – and thanks WSJ for reporting it – that the ‘Unions’ are in such desperate straits.

  4. Right of the People says:

    “Still, where on earth is the SEIU? They are missing out on a potential goldmine by not organizing ‘grassroots’ protestors.”

    SHHHH, don’t give them any ideas. I could see it now, Local 874 of the Brotherhood of Protest Professionals. Of course they’d get paid $40.00 an hour and have to pay dues.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    The MSM never points this out or questions the “nurses” or purple shirts (SEIU) at any demonstrations.
    They never dig into anything involving the recruiting, organizing, transportation, financing, feeding, training, or equipping of leftist “protesters”.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Stimulus Money hard at work…….without the shovels!
    How much did they pay for the signs?

  7. bobbys says:

    I was in the Carpenters union 30 years ago and did picket duty one day.

    At that time scale was 11.00 an hour and i think i got 30.00 a day to picket.

    The picket was against a non union job.

    You had to be a Union Carpenter to picket.

  8. canary says:

    It’s illegal & violates labor laws for the union to take member’s dues and pay non-union people or even their own union members to picket.
    The teachers national union got their hands spanked for taking union members dues to donate to Obama’s campaign. It’s okay for them take union
    member’s checks from individuals but not to use take from their due money.

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