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    :: Monday, August 27, 2007 ::

    Picketing carpenters get a few joiners - By Melodie Little, The Spokesman Review, WA
    A picket line representing the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America has some non-brethren in the mix.

    The union is paying people who have no ties to the brotherhood to tote signs and jointly chant about the need for higher wages and benefits, a union representative confirmed. About half of the dozen people marching in front of the Riverside Avenue U.S. Bank Building on Friday morning were hired help making non-union wages.

    "They're probably the highest-paid picketers in the country," said Eduardo Canales, a representative for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. He declined to give their exact pay but said the picketers earn more than $10 an hour.
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