Unions Outsource Picketing


Toro
#1
Picketing is for the Little People.

Quote:

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.

"It's about the cash," said Tina Shaw, 44, who lives in a House of Ruth women's shelter and has walked the line at various sites. "We're against low wages, but I'm here for the cash."

Carpenters locals across the country are outsourcing their picket lines, hiring the homeless, students, retirees and day laborers to get their message across. Larry Hujo, a spokesman for the Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters, calls it a "shift in the paradigm" of picketing. ...

Supporters of the practice consider it a creative tactic in an era of declining union membership and clout. But critics say the reliance on nonunion members -- who are paid $1 above minimum wage and receive no benefits -- diminishes the impact and undercuts a principle established over decades of union struggles.

"If I was a member of the general public, and I asked someone picketing why they were there, and they said they don't work for the union and they were just hired to stand there, that wouldn't create a very positive impression on me, nor would it create a very sympathetic position," said Wayne Ranick, spokesman for the United Steelworkers of America. ...

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is the only union that routinely hires homeless people for its picket lines, union leaders and labor scholars say. It targets locations where work such as carpentry and drywall and floor installation is done without union labor. In a June newsletter on the union's Web site, the union's president and chief executive, Bill Halbert, referred to the pickets as "area standards campaigns." ...

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...302011_pf.html (external - login to view)

That's fabulous.
 
karrie
#2
What happens when the picketters picket over their low picketting wages? Will there be a brawl when picketters cross the picket line to picket in the original picket line?
 
eh1eh
#3
Then they can pick a peck of pickled peckers. Cuz they'll be screwed. lol, lol, lol.

Here's a better headline.

Union hires scabs to protest scabs.
 
Kreskin
#4
It's a strange world we live in.
 
s243a
#5
Well, on the bright side the homeless are making some money.
 
Nuggler
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by s243aView Post

Well, on the bright side the homeless are making some money.


Yepper. Me thoughts egggzzzactly. Someone has finally got jobs for the homeless.

Surely homes will be next.

Alamand left and alamand right
Grab yer nose and pickett
Yahoo
Doh see doh

Too much.

(really, I'm ok), just old.
 
gc
#7
I just hope they aren't striking over the fact that their employer wants to outsource...
 
wallyj
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

What happens when the picketters picket over their low picketting wages? Will there be a brawl when picketters cross the picket line to picket in the original picket line?

As a long time union member,I can only LOL and LOL again. I will be sending this article to all my buds(esp. my fatcat union bro) at work with whom I have walked the line . And we wonder why we are branded as lazy snots.
 
lone wolf
#9
What local do they belong to and are they dues-paying members? What's a Union without pockets to pick?

Wolf
 
gopher
#10
If true, it at least shows how unions create jobs for the poor whereas the wealthy create jobs overseas by exporting our jobs.
 
I think not
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by gopherView Post

If true, it at least shows how unions create jobs for the poor whereas the wealthy create jobs overseas by exporting our jobs.

Unions create jobs for those in charge of the unions.

Unions long ago were a worthy and noble cause. Today their "leaders" are bums in a suit.
 
gopher
#12
Hate to admit it, but yes, unions are responsible for their downfall today.
 
YoungJoonKim
#13
Wow, this union can clean my shoe after paying me $8 per hour.
This is ridiculous.
 

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