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by News on September 26, 2011

in State and Local, Union Politics and Transparency

The Horn

A diligent group of protesters has been shouting grievances and banging on make-shift drums for the past eight weeks in front of the University Co-Op on Guadalupe every morning from 9 until 11.

While protesters are a common sight both on the University of Texas at Austin campus and on the Drag, this particular group is composed mostly of homeless part-time employees paid to exercise their freedom of speech for $10 an hour.

Their employer is the Carpenters Local Union 1266, which is affiliated with the Texas Carpenters Regional Council. Their protests are aimed at 4MC, a dry-wall contracting company currently working on renovations in the Texas Union.

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