Political party paying Occupy Wall Street protesters?

posted at 10:05 am on October 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

My friend Scott Johnson got a tip from a reader that the progressive New York political party Working Families has run an ad on Craigslist, one that apparently promises a salary for joining the OccupyWallStreet protests.  Here’s a snapshot of the ad itself:

The headline strongly suggests that the position entails getting paid to protest, since the headline stresses that the job will hold “Wallstreet [sic] accountable now” and that the new hire will make a “differnence [sic]” and “get paid.”  The body of the ad doesn’t specify what the duties of the position will be, although it does stress that it’s not going to be a job that involves complicated policy formation, or presumably proofreading:

You must be an energetic communicator, with a passion for social and economic justice.  Only outgoing, articulate dedicated, determined candidates will be considered for the positions.

For those candidates that qualify WFP offers substantial paid-training provided by senior leadership, on varied issues such as: advocacy, public speaking, mobilizing, fundraising, networking and organizing. We invest in passionate people with excellent communication skills and a full benefits package is offered to those candidates that qualify. In addition, there is opportunity for advancement and travel to our satellite chapters and out of state affiliates.

This is not a policy job! Through direct action you will be shaping NY state politics for the next 20 years.

“Direct action” usually means protesting.  In other words, WFP wants Astroturfers, presumably to join other Astroturfers who tire of their career at Wall Street in the coming days.  I wonder how many of those currently at the #OWS protests are already drawing a salary from WFP?

By the way, for a political party that professes to be on the side of working families to oppose the greed on Wall Street, they sure don’t pay much for their ground troops:

Compensation: $350-$650 A Week Depending On Responsibility & Length Of Time On Staff

For full-time work, $350 works out to $8.75 an hour … in New York City.  Not exactly a living wage, is it?  It’s probably not quite as low as flipping burgers at Mickey D’s, but I’d guess that a Big Apple barista makes more to start, especially when counting tips.  Always good to see that those protecting the masses from exploitation are sticking to the declared principles of labor relations that they decry.  At least we know what the lowest-paid job on Wall Street is — and I’m guessing it’s not a union shop, either.

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