Unions Hire Non-Union Picketers To Protest Non-Union Hiring

The union boss doesn’t see the irony. He said the union is “giving back to the community” by hiring non-union unemployed people to picket the hiring of non-union employees.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Wall Street Journal: 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.

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.”

The article goes on to report that the recession has been a boon to the protest industry. With so many Americans looking for work, it’s now easy for them to find cheap picketers to go out and protest. (But the tea parties are Astroturf. Heh!)