So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines. Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, 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."
Protest organizers and advocacy groups are reaping an unexpected benefit from continued high joblessness. With the national unemployment rate currently at 9.5%, an "endless supply" of the out-of-work, as well as retirees seeking extra income, are lining up to be paid demonstrators, says George Eisner, the union's director of organization."Seems logical enough--actual union members with a horse in the race, can't be bothered to come out and picket "because of parking or something else."So the unions hire non-union labor to do union labor which is what the unions are protesting about in the first place.Very sneaky, sis.