Nationwide, unemployment reached 9.8% last week. However, in the construction industry, unemployment is nearly 19%. This is causing union bosses to think 'outside the box' on how to get work for their unemployed members--even if it includes stepping onto other unions' turf.

In April, the Carpenters' union in St. Louis did what, in the union building trades, is the unthinkable--it set up an electrical union to compete with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). That led the IBEW to launch a counter-offensive in June.

On Tuesday evening, the IBEW hit the Carpenters' Union hall with 600 picketers to protest the encroachment.

Now, that's solidarity.
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“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”  Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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