Joe the Plumber Gets Protested in Pittsburgh
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Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, aka â€œJoe the Plumber,â€ was recently tapped by the anti-labor group Americans for Prosperity to shill against the Employee Free Choice Act. Americans for Prosperity spokesperson Mary Ellen Burke said that Wurzelbacher was chosen because â€œhe represents the American workerâ€ and is a â€œrole model.â€ At a rally yesterday near Pittsburgh, PA, Wurzelbacher received a chilly welcome from many residents â€” especially union members:
Two Green Tree police officers broke up several arguments to prevent fights in the midst of a crowd of about 150 packed inside a Radisson ballroom. The crowd was divided about evenly between union members and opponents of the so-called â€œcard checkâ€ bill. No one was arrested.
Wurzelbacher, in a flannel shirt, T-shirt and jeans, drew some of the loudest rebukes from union members, who booed and jeered him for not having a plumberâ€™s license in his native Ohio.
Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.