In case you live under a rock and haven’t heard, Barack Obama turns 50 today. And, the place to be tonight is the Aragon. The party starts at 7:00. But don’t bother to show up if you’re a union member. The White House hired a non-union crew for the event tonight.
A confidential and trusted union source contacted me today to report that the crews called in to work Obama’s birthday bash are non-union. Union members are OUTRAGED that Obama would turn his back on them.
Curiously, my source added that the day rate is actually higher for the non-union members to do the work. It’s not a money issue. What gives?
More to come… Check back here for updates.
UPDATE: Here is my source’s response to why they would go non-union for the bash:
“I honestly don’t think they thought about it. It may just be the hassle of the unions no meal penalties… Or maybe not factoring in health care and 401k plans.”
If POTUS is late, and party goes late, they would face MASSIVE overtime if they do not feed the crew enough meals on time.
UPDATE: We contacted a number of unions: two IBEW locals, IATSE and Teamsters. The Business Rep at IBEW 1220 in Chicago (they do camera work) was the first to respond. There has been no requests for his local to do work there. He was unaware of the event and actually surprised at the location of the event.
UPDATE: The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
Looks like a nice place for a president’s birthday bash, huh?
UPDATE: More here.