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Union Protesters Overwhelm Security and Barge Into Banking Meeting


"Where are the jobs?"

A group of about 200 union protesters overwhelmed security at a Washington, D.C. hotel and barged into a mortgage banking meeting on Wednesday, according to the Huffington Post.

HuffPo says protesters dressed in hardhats and overalls yelled "Where are the jobs?" and "Where is the money?" as they pushed through security in a "scrum" and burst into a conference room of stunned bankers. The protest was reportedly aimed at the Pulte Group -- which protesters say has received $900 million in tax breaks but has not created a sufficient number of jobs.

"Those tax breaks were supposed to create jobs," Wayne Peworchik, one of the protesters, told HuffPo. "That was President Obama's and Congress's intent."

"Instead, Pulte laid off workers," Peworchik added.

Protesters reportedly hailed from the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and the AFL-CIO.

The summit was put on by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America at the J.W. Marriott hotel. The protest, which lasted about 10 minutes, ended when more security personnel responded to the incident.

Read the original story from HuffPo.

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