Outsourcing fail

… or win, depending on your perspective. From the WSJ:

Billy Raye, a 51-year-old unemployed bike courier, is looking for work.

Fortunately for him, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor.

“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.

So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines. 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.”

Kudos for the union’s efficiency drive. What next? Anti-globalisation movements hiring workers in India to staff call lines?

3 thoughts on “Outsourcing fail”

  1. That’s so perverse it’s amusing. Great for the 51-yo unemployed guy. The irony is that he gets paid a non-union wage.


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