Quite often, on forth street, there is a protest against a company that says it's putting them on notice, because they don't pay area standard wages and benefits. The protest is sponsored by the local Carpenters and Cabinet makers union.
The company in question does resoration work on historic buildings. The employees declined to be represented by the union.
Now Fourth Street is a high traffic area, frequented by affluent and business people. The idea being, I suppose, to make them think twice before hiring the company in question to do restoration work.
The really neat thing is, the company, even in this economy, is still working, hasn't laid anyone off, and doesn't have a problem recruiting or retaining workers.
So the union does this, because they are upset that they do not control the jobs this company does--it's a power ploy, that's all.
But the protesters aren't employees of the company in question. Nor are they members of the union. They are paid protesters, protesting a job that someone isn't paying local level wages and benefits. They are paid...wait for it...minimum wage with no benefits, by the union.