Unions Support Higher Wages…(Except for their temporary employees)

The Post has finally picked up on the homeless protesters racket, focusing on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners, who pay a group of homeless folks $8/hr to make a racket outside of various buildings with suites under construction by non-union shops. They show up, bang on buckets, shout about fair wages, and then pack up and leave for another site.

I applaud the council for supporting local homeless shelters, and there’s even a great success story in the Post article about a guy who now has a job driving a truck for National Geographic, but guys, if you’re going to pay people to shout about fair wages, at least pay them more than the average Wal-mart employee. Seriously.

The whole thing just reeks stupidity, corruption, and well, pretty much everything else labor unions stand for, so I shouldn’t be surprised, but seriously, pay your temps better than Wal-mart. It’s the least you can do.

3 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    Dunno, sounds like fair market to me. Working at Wal-mart might not be the most challenging thing ever but it requires more training and skill than walking in a circle while holding a sign.

  2. Daniel (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    What would a fare wage for standing under a window and yelling be? I think $8 is more than enough.

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    Daniel, I figure it should at least match the wage of Wal-mart greeters.

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