Well, I don’t know what the answer is to that – probably not in all cases anyway. Having said that, this wouldn’t convince me otherwise!
About 30 people picket in front of a bank in downtown Washington, D.C., wearing big yellow signs that read: “Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.”
They shuffle about in circles, many wearing hooded sweatshirts and jeans. Their coats are draped over parking meters; their belongings sit in plastic grocery bags on the sidewalk. I ask a protester named Mike Hodge why he’s there.
“We’re protesting, we’re protesting…” Then the energy leaves his voice and he concedes, “I don’t know.”
No wonder. Hodge isn’t a carpenter; he’s a rent-a-picket.
The regional carpenters’ union has hired Hodge for $8 an hour, essentially outsourcing protest work that union members traditionally do themselves. And many of the demonstrators are homeless people, according to people familiar with the union and its practices.
How does one roll one’s eyes online?