A little journalistic autopsy on the The Washington Post story, “Outsourcing the Picket Line — Carpenters Union Hires Homeless to Stage Protests.” The story struck a chord in the blogosphere, and local TV station, WRC-Channel 4, did a report on the picketing last night. (Script here and video here.)
Bret Jacobson at Laborpains.org reminds us now that the local ABC affiliate, Channel 7, did essentially the same story back in August 2006. (Video here.) And as we noted yesterday, Street Sense, the self-help homeless tabloid, reported the story in August 2005.
And it’s been going on all over the country. For years.
Not the greatest hypocrisy in the world, but amusing enough to generate news coverage and jibes. Unions are paying non-union workers — easily exploited homeless people — low wages to picket on behalf of union membership. Oh, how their principles stretch.
The federal minimum wage went up yesterday. Did the carpenters give their homeless picketers a raise?
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