Anti-market forces have realized that the best way to fight low wages is to hire people at low wages. After all, protesting is boring and somewhat demeaning for a union member. So it’s much more efficient to hire homeless and transients. If only there were more Mexicans in DC…
Outsourcing the Picket Line
The picketers marching in a circle in front of a downtown Washington office building chanting about low wages do not seem fully focused on their message.
Although their placards identify the picketers as being with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, they are not union members.
They’re hired feet, or, as the union calls them, temporary workers, paid $8 an hour to picket. Many were recruited from homeless shelters or transitional houses. Several have recently been released from prison. Others are between jobs.
“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.”