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Speakers Blast Sound Of Baby Crying As Part Of Protest In Philly - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
PHILADELPHIA - It's a union protest designed to bring you to tears.
Residents at the Vista apartment building on the 2800 block. of N. 47th St. in Philadelphia's Wynnefield section are losing their minds over a recording played by protesters from IBEW local 98.
Last Wednesday, the union set up an iPod and loudspeakers that plays this recorded message: "Your community is crying for jobs, participation and fair wages." It's what comes next that brings a tear to the eye: an extended crying jag by a seemingly fussy infant.
The recording- which began last Wednesday- runs each weekday from around 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon.
"I know everybody says they've got their rights," says longtime apartment resident Jean Smith, "and that's fine. But don't we have rights too, that we have to hear this constantly- every day?"
The electricians are protesting the use of a non-union contractor to do electrical work on renovations at the apartment building.
Residents say they have nothing against organized labor making a point, but this?
"The crying of the baby- it doesn't give them no sympathy," says apartment dweller David Dickson. "It's not helping them."
Saundra Terrell agrees. "They don't seem to care! Even when we approached them nicely on the first day, they seemed to ignore us."