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Union Still Pays Nonunion Workers To Walk Picket Lines

A carpenters' union in DC wanted to protest outside a building where work was being done without union labor.

So the union set up a picket line — walked by many nonunion workers who were hired by the union and paid at minimum wage, the WSJ reports this morning.

The article says the recession has made it easier for all sorts of groups to hire protesters.

But the practice predates the recession. In fact, the Washington Post had a story in July of 2007 about the very same DC union hiring non-union workers to walk a picket line.

"For a lot of our members, it's really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else," a union rep who supervised the picketing told the WSJ.