Union Hires Non-Union Labor at Minimum Wage

Anything ironic about a union protesting a non-union business by paying non-unionized individuals minimum wage to picket? If you’re a representative for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, no.

That’s the subject of a recent Wall Street Journal report. The story notes the following:

… 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.

The story noted that Garcia didn’t see a problem with “a union that insists on union labor hiring nonunion people to protest the hiring of nonunion labor.” Go figure.

If the leaders of this union started their own business, do you think they’d be supportive of their employees unionizing to raise their wages? Questionable. Funny how things change when the roles are reversed.

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