If anyone goes near 17th and K during business hours these days, they will hear a lot of banging and yelling from people protesting the use of non-union carpenters on a building site there.
These people represent the carpenters union. But they do not belong to the carpenters union.
It seems that the carpenters union hires people as professional plastic drum players, yelling protesters and picket line walkers. They probably get them from DuPont Circle. Whoever they are, they do not belong to the union and they have their days free.
It is funny to think that the real carpenters are too busy working to spend the time yelling and banging in protest, It reminds me of Japan, where you can hire professional mourners for a funeral. Or rent an acceptable family for a business function.