From The Hypocrisy Department
July 17, 2010Posted by on
I found this little gem thanks to the Small Dead Animals blog. It seems that there is a union that wants to protest and picket against someone that has hired a non union company to do some drywall for them. The grounds of this protest? The union claims that the non union company doesn’t pay a fair wage.
Now you are asking yourself what is Hypocritical about that unions have been doing that for a long time? Well I kept one little piece of information from that description. You see the union isn’t doing the picketing themselves. Nope the union contracted out to non union labor and is paying minium wage. Yes you read that correctly the union isn’t doing it themselves or having another union doing it for them, they are hiring people that are not in the union at minimum wage to picket for them.
You can read the article here:
To Protest Hiring of Nonunion Help, Union Hires Nonunion Pickets
Jobless Recruits Get Minimum Wage ‘To March Around and Sound Off’
Now the article statrs off on topic, but them wanders off a bit but comes back on at the end.
First what is the excuse for the union not doing their own picket?
“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.
I guess they never heard of taking the subway, the train or a bus to ease the parking problem or at least carpool. Really what it boils down to is that they can’t be bothered to do it themselves. Maybe its to hot out for them so they hired scab picketers.
Now you would think since you are picketing against some one not paying a fair wage you would pay your rent a picketer one. Right? Nope mimimum wage for you scab picketer.
So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines.
Well at least you would think they would tell the Scab Picketers what it was all about. Right? Nope.
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.”
Well does the union see the hypocrisy in hiring Non union minimum wage Scabs to picket against a non union company? Nope.
The union’s Mr. Garcia sees no conflict in a union that insists on union labor hiring nonunion people to protest the hiring of nonunion labor.
He says the pickets are not only about “union issues” but also about fair wages and benefits for American workers. By hiring the unemployed, “we are also giving back to the community a bit,” he says.
So it’s not just about wages? I wonder what benefits package the non union scab picketers are getting from the union?
With crap like this I swear the Mayans just might be on to something with this 2012 crap. Seriously can you see any of the old time union members that fought not just in alleyways with fists and clubs against comapny goon squads buy in some places pitched gun battles, ever hiring someone (especially non union) to walk the line for them? Jimmy Hoffa must be spinning in his Giant Stadium grave by now.