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Outsourcing "outrage"

A union, outraged over the fact that non-union workers were being used in the construction of a Washington office building decided to protest and picket. 

But, uh, it was just too hard or too much of a hassle to have real union people do it, so they hired some non-union unemployed at minimum wage instead:

"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.

Which I’m sure has the developer and non-union workers in the building just quaking in their boots.

The article goes on to say that a lot of protest groups and advocacy groups have hit a bonanza with the unemployed.  They can hire them for peanuts (min. wage) and swell their groups and pad their numbers in public.

For the unemployed?  Well, I’m sure any little bit does help, of course.  And it sure beats standing on street corners waving “we buy gold” signs – I guess.

But keep that in mind the next time numbers are quoted at a protest or rally for something.


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10 Responses to Outsourcing "outrage"

  • They have to outsource because a large number of their members are in the union because they have to be not because they want to be.

  • While it might not be technically legally true, are these hired pickets really functionally fulfilling the duties of a “lobbyist”  ?

  • My new business concept: holographic picketers. Hire Indians overseas to play the parts and then beam the holographs around the building. I bet we could beat 8.25 and hour.

  • Ah, the joys of Davis-Bacon…!!!  It must be a private project.
    “The Princes of Labor”, able to hire warm bodies at a fraction of their hourly rate for the purpose of protesting NOT being hired…at multiples of the prevailing rate (when you factor in work rules)…to do what others often do not only cheaper, but better!
    Got. To. LOVE. It.

  • The post is hilarious ! Though outsourcing is a delicate issue at present, let us also not forget one basic truth – God/ Nature did not create borders, languages, religions, cultures etc – and, most importantly,  money/ currency; man(un)kind did. And thus was born outsourcing – the devil causing the ‘outrage’.  Maybe we need to revisit our inner-self.

  • I love the Jerry Brown ads running on your website.
    California Working Families for Jerry Brow helping to keep QandO up and running. I guess some of that SEIU money is going to good use.

  • Wonder how many of the non-union picketers have wandered inside to see if they can be hired as non-union carpenters.