Demonstrators For Rent (4/19/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Demonstrators For Rent (4/19/07)

A new J. Gumbo's restaurant is currently under construction at Fourth Street Live.

At least one of the companies involved in the construction is a non-union shop.

One of our local unions doesn't approve of that. So a band of hecklers has picketed the location every day for more than a month -- creating a noisy nuisance for people working in nearby offices and eating at nearby restaurants.

Since they're not even open yet, J. Gumbo's is hardly being damaged by this tantrum. But the employees and patrons of adjacent businesses are suffering, even though they're not involved in any way.

The union claims the law protects their right to peaceably demonstrate. But when a demonstration evolves into a blatant example of disturbing the peace, I have a hard time believing the law says we have to take it. And I think it'd be worth the time of a few of our city officials to take a closer look at this situation.

But to make things even more ridiculous, guess what? Most of these picketers aren't even union members!

That's right -- a union protesting a project for not hiring union labor hires their own non-union labor to do their dirty work!

So, consider this:

How seriously should we honor the demands of people who can't even be bothered to show up and make those demands for themselves?

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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