AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has denied paying Occupy ‘members’ to protest at CPAC. Back in February, Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller interviewed Occupy members protesting at CPAC. One member claimed that he and other workers from his union were paid $60 each to be there. Fields says she talked to other protestors who didn’t want to be on camera because they weren’t sure what they were protesting or what CPAC even was. The worker who made the claim was from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 100 and said, “They just told me ‘you wanna make sixty bucks? So c’mon.” It’s hard to believe that out of all the union members there, no one knew why they were protesting and what CPAC was.
The same reporter, Fields, asked Trumka if he paid union members to protest at OccupyCPAC. Of course he denied it, which would be expected either way. Fields showed the video of the sheet metal worker to Trumka. He responded, telling Fields, “No, I don’t believe that. I frankly don’t believe that people told you that because the pickets that we have… we never pay people to picket. Those are union members who come out.”
The Daily Caller says that Trumka denies paying AFL-CIO members to go “…..despite video footage captured by The Daily Caller that proves otherwise.” Sure, the odds may be pretty high that this type of practice goes on. There have been several cases of it happening, most recently during the Tea Party rallies. Nevertheless, one worker claiming that his union was offered ‘sixty bucks a head’ to go is hardly ‘proof’. Unions are unsustainable and becoming downright dangerous in some cases but regardless of someone’s views, logical observations serve everyone better.
Just as a side note, in 2009, the base wage for a union sheet metal worker was around $30+ per hour. The protests were day-long events.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012