The Electric Commentary

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Will not work for food.

I thought this was from The Onion when I first read it.

In Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta and elsewhere in the country, union organizers are scouring shelters and recruiting homeless people to staff their picket lines, paying just above minimum wage and failing to provide health benefits.

The national carpenters' union, which broke from the AFL-CIO four years ago in a bitter dispute over organizing strategies and other issues, is hiring homeless people to stage noisy protests at nonunion construction sites.

"We're giving jobs to people who didn't have jobs, people who in some cases couldn't secure work," said George Eisner, head of the union's mid-Atlantic regional council in Baltimore.

This is the best part:

The union organizers allow the hired protesters to take two-minute breaks, Howards said, but dock their pay for the time off.

(HT to Cafe Hayke)

2 Comments:

  • Clearly the solution to this problem is for those homeless people need to unionize.

    By Blogger Mathew, at 2:09 PM  

  • These guys protested in downtown Atlanta every day for like 2 years. They protested like 20 different businesses in one high rise. Every day they had a different flyer for a different one.

    You have to see the flyers to beleive them. I think I have some that I can scan and post. Funny, funny, stuff.

    By Blogger Rashid, at 11:52 AM  

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