We’ve posted on this strange and almost perverse phenomon before:
Unions hiring non-union homeless people to picket on behalf the of union members so unions can spend time doing something more productive, like avoiding all the trouble of finding a parking space…
Now the Wall Street Journal has more:
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.
So why can’t union members do their own picketing?
“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.
Parking?!? So, union members can’t be bothered with picketing for their own cause and are having their union dues used to hire non-union homeless people to picket because they don’t want to find a parking place?
And this is who is running America???
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
For more news and views on today’s unions, go to LaborUnionReport.com.
Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com