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    :: Thursday, November 15, 2007 ::

    Union Outsources Picket Lines to the Homeless by Frank Langfitt, NPR
    Getting the carpenters to talk about using the homeless is tough. George Eisner, the lead organizer for the mid-Atlantic regional office of the union, won't discuss it.

    "It's always twisted around and used in the wrong context," Eisner said in a telephone interview.

    And it's not much easier getting the homeless protesters to talk about it. Union organizers have ordered them not to talk to reporters. Away from their minders, though, a few explain how they came to be rent-a-pickets.

    They say the union began recruiting them from homeless shelters and soup kitchens two years ago. They work up to 20 hours a week and use their wages to pay for things such as aspirin and laundry.
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