Driving to work after my morning run earlier this week I saw the above sign. David Hannagan is the president of a non-union contractor, Green Country Interiors. The sign is courtesy of the Tulsa Local 943 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. As discussed earlier and as reported by the Tulsa World the union is using homeless people to do the picketing for them. I don’t know if they are using homeless people because real carpenters cannot be bothered or are too busy or some other reason.
The thing about the sign above is that it is not located at a construction site or a business. It is located at the entrance to Mr. Hannagan’s subdivision in south Tulsa.
I think that is wrong. They may have the legal right to do that, sure. But that doesn’t mean that they should do it.
I get it, we have free speech and picketing as a means of protest has a long history in this country. But don’t take it to somebody’s home! Especially with homeless stand ins who stand to gain nothing from this tactic.
I think this “Shaming” campaign may backfire on the union big time. After the truth came out in paper I have not found anybody sympathetic to the union’s cause.