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    :: Monday, December 19, 2005 ::

    Carpenters' union seeks immigrants to spur clout - By Miriam Jordan, The Wall Street Journal
    DENVER -- Over the past three decades, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has seen its share of interior construction jobs in Colorado plunge to just 10 percent from 70 percent. That decline has prompted union leaders to reach out to workers once shunned as the enemy: illegal immigrants.

    At a carpenters' union hall here one recent evening, union organizer Ernesto Belo found himself facing resistance from some veteran carpenters, who questioned the wisdom of embracing workers long willing to settle for lower wages. Mr. Belo grew angry with the skeptics.

    'These are the guys working,' he shouted. 'Your average white kid isn't coming into construction. We need the immigrant workers. Accept that -- or the union dies.'
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