coupe.jpg My daring coworker and I spotted this coup de resistance near 19th and N Streets around one o’clock this afternoon. Anybody have any idea why they’d be a union picketing in this area?

10 Comments so far

  1. Stone (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

    They’ve been out there for months. I used to see them last fall in the same spot. Can’t believe they’re still out there. One of them tried to hand me a flyer but I was too busy to pay attention.

  2. Robyn (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    They’re protesting because the construction company doing work there or somebody associated with the building doesn’t treat the workers properly. I read one of their flyers months ago, and it’s basically about shaming them into giving the workers proper pay/overtime and all that. The same group also pickets at 17th and k, and it’s continuously a pain in the ass.

  3. james (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    Yup, these losers have been picketing out there at lunchtime since at least June. If their jobs are really so bad, surely seven months is enough time to find one somewhere else!

  4. Jude (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:21 am

    What touching compassion for your fellow man, guys. It warms my cold, cold heart.

  5. The Goo (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:37 am

    They’ve been picketing there for as long as I’ve been at my job- so at least since July 2005. THe interesting thing is that they’re only there during certain times; it’s not constant, so I kinda wonder if they just come out at lunch, rouse a little rabble, and then go back to work. They’re also at M between 16th and 17th sometimes.

  6. themole (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 9:55 am

    Ok, here’s the skinny: The picketers are employed by the union for the sole purpose of picketing; they are not actually displaced contractors. Apparently they get about 20 bucks for chanting and walking for a few hours. They are rallying against the construction company at work in the 1330 Conn Ave building (houses steptoe and johnson llp, and formerly the RIAA).

  7. Vanessa (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    They also have a giant inflatable rat in the back of a pickup truck. The only thing is, Mr. Rat doesn’t appear everyday and there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for the days he does appear. Mystical!

  8. M A (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    The construction company working inside the building is using non-union labor, and as the entire interior of the building is being redone, they’ve been there for quite some time. They were gone for a few months because construction had stopped, but they’re back. And louder and meaner, to the point where they harass people entering the building. A lovely way to start your day!

  9. Mik (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

    Well that has me rethinking my thought of returning to ask them what all the rucus is about. Thanks guys for all the info.

  10. Tiff (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    The rat is common at all manner of labor protests nationally. I suspect that the local unions only have 1-2 rats between them, so the rat has to be a part-timer at all the protests.

    I think the rat is essentialy the sign that the protest has jumped the shark. It’s so cliche now, that when the rat comes out, the protest is officially a parody of itself.

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