Today is dues day for Jim Petway. He plans to take the bus—"I call it my chauffeured limousine," he says—to the carpenter's union hall on Patapsco Avenue and pay his $47 quarterly membership.
Union carpenters earn $26.25 an hour, Petway says. He worked a few hours on Friday last week for Local 31, which he says he has belonged to for three decades. Today he says he turned down a job in order to talk to City Paper about his campsite near Port Covington. Petway has lived here, he says, for almost four years.
"As you can see," Petway says, "I'm not your stereotypical homeless guy."
Crisply dressed, Petway leads a...