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Memo to WGA: Homeless picketers work cheap

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Some advice from Washington’s Brotherhood of Carpenters – apparently no one chants about low-wage injustice better than a circle of homeless people.  As Keith L. Alexander reports for the Washington Post, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters have hired homeless people to picket outside construction sites using non-union workers. 

The union is one of the most active in the state, “routinely staging as many as eight picket lines a day.”  Perhaps it’s just good business sense, as NPR’s Frank Langfitt hypothesizes.  The union pays the picketers 8 bucks an hour, leaving their $20-plus per hour carpenters available for work.  And perhaps these temps truly believe in the cause?  Perhaps not:

“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.”

Check out Frank Langfitt’s NPR story where he interviewers the for-hire picketers, pictured above (photo: Heidi Glenn, NPR).

–Michael Jones

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