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Question #6570 posted on 07/14/2004 4:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Recently there has been a few people at the base of BYU campus (near the Tanner Building) holding a large sign that says "Shame on BYU, Labor Dispute". What's the deal? What's their issue and why have they been there for weeks on end? (When everyone knows BYU doesn't care about picketers, in fact, we discourage this type of behavior since it's obviously not a valid way to take care of business)
- Heidi

A: Dear Heidelberg,

It's a long complicated story. The best as I can get it is that the construction company that is working on the new Smith Building decided to break from the local union. So there was a group of construction workers who decided to protest this. They showed up on campus at the site and began protesting. Well, BYU is private property and we don't allow such behavior. So the police kicked them off (and can charge them with trespassing if they come back). That is where the "Shame on BYU" comes from. BYU gave in a little and lets them protest on the sidewalk at Canyon and Bulldog. So there it is. You're right that it isn't very effective in this situation as most people obviously don't even know what they are protesting.

-CGNU Grad