Article 43


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Apalling Labor Practices Of Unions

Reprinted from Ex Parte

This hilarious Detroit News ARTICLE reveals that unions have been hiring the homeless - at minimum wage and without health care benefits - to picket at non-union job sites. Oh, the humanity! Oh, the hypocrisy!

In Washington, Baltimore, Atlanta and elsewhere in the country, union organizers are scouring shelters and recruiting homeless people to staff their picket lines, paying just above minimum wage and failing to provide health benefits.

The national carpenters’ union, which broke from the AFL-CIO four years ago in a bitter dispute over organizing strategies and other issues, is hiring homeless people to stage noisy protests at nonunion construction sites.

“We’re giving jobs to people who didn’t have jobs, people who in some cases couldn’t secure work,” said George Eisner, head of the union’s mid-Atlantic regional council in Baltimore.

God, I love these quotes. So, um, how exactly is this different from the employees at the non-union construction site that you’re protesting? I wonder if these union schmucks realize the extent to which their defense of this practice undermines the whole purpose of unions.

Neil Bernstein, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who specializes in labor and employment law, said unions that use such a tactic are guilty of practicing a double standard.

“They’re basically doing what they’re criticizing the employers for doing getting the cheapest people to do the job,” he said.

What, unions not actually protecting the rights of their workers? Acting hypocritically? Igoring pro-labor ideology when it’s inconvenient? I’m shocked, shocked.

“The fact that the people demonstrating were not members of the union doesn’t make much difference,” Sweeney said. “What matters is that the carpenters working on the building had no health care and no pension.”

When it was noted that the homeless pickets also had no benefits, Sweeney responded: “Our hope is that those workers ח that all workers would have health benefits, but that is a bigger issue.”

Gee, that’s interesting. So all you have to do to make the union happy is HOPE that your workers would have health benefits? You don’t have to actually do anything about it as an employer? I’m sure big business will be interested to hear this…

Sweeney expressed the hope that the homeless protesters “may work themselves into a full-time job where they would get benefits.”

Yes, exactly! But then that kinda ruins the whole point of having unions, now doesn’t it Johnny boy? (Ok, so it actually doesn’t undermine the real purpose of having unions - consolidating power for and LINING THE POCKETS OF UNION BIGWIGS and, and “progressive” political organization.)

A demonstrator in Washington, Nicey Howards, said the temporary protesters earn $8 an hour - just a dollar above the legal minimum wage in Washington with no benefits. While she felt the job wasn’t ideal, Howards was glad she could earn a little money while looking for something better.

Each week, Howards said, she works 20 hours, the maximum time allowed by the carpenters’ union, bringing home $160.

The union organizers allow the hired protesters to take two-minute breaks, Howards said, but dock their pay for the time off.

God, SOMEONE NEEDS TO START a union for these people to save them from the horribly that are working them to the bone in sweatshop-like conditions!


Posted by Elvis on 02/12/06 •
Section General Reading
View (0) comment(s) or add a new one
Printable viewLink to this article
Page 1 of 1 pages


Total page hits 9904834
Page rendered in 0.6958 seconds
41 queries executed
Debug mode is off
Total Entries: 3265
Total Comments: 337
Most Recent Entry: 09/25/2020 08:28 am
Most Recent Comment on: 01/02/2016 09:13 pm
Total Logged in members: 0
Total guests: 12
Total anonymous users: 0
The most visitors ever was 172 on 12/25/2019 07:40 am

Email Us


Login | Register
Resumes | Members

In memory of the layed off workers of AT&T

Today's Diversion

I hate and I love: why I do so you may well ask. I do not know, but I feel it happen and am in agony. - Catullus


Advanced Search



September 2020
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30      

Must Read

Most recent entries

RSS Feeds

Today's News

ARS Technica

External Links

Elvis Picks

BLS and FRED Pages


All Posts



Creative Commons License

Support Bloggers' Rights