The Rats Have It

Know those disturbing-looking giant inflatable rats that union activists like to display in front of locations they’re picketing? Well, they’re not going away, because a recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board says it’s OK for a union to display a 16-foot tall inflatable rat in front of a company location, even if the business in question is not directly involved in the confrontation between the union and an employer.

Unions representing carpenters and other tradespeople like to display the rats to protest a business that uses non-union contractors and/or contractors that don’t pay union-scale wages. Businesses had complained to the NLRB that the inflatable rats are too confrontational and coercive. Hopefully the giant rats won’t make an appearance on Bring Your Sons/Daughters to Work Day. Imagine the ensuing nightmares …

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