Tuesday, November 27, 2007

efficient picketing

A colleague sent this link from NPR (you can read the text or click "Listen Now" on the site):

Union Outsources Picket Lines to the Homeless.

Hmmm...unions support paying "a living wage" but $8 an hour is not a living wage for DC. However, since union carpenter wages are so high it is too costly for them to take time off to protest. So it is economically efficient to use cheap labor to outsource, a win-win situation for both highly paid union members and homeless people.

Sure it is hypocritical, but it is efficient.

BTW, many political organizations and special interest groups do the same sort of thing, especially in DC and NYC.

1 comment:

MexicoAndUs said...

Johnny__M says:

Maybe the picketeers should collectively bargain for better wages.

PS: (not sure why your blog picks up my gmail account identity).