The American National Labour Relations Board has ruled that it is legally permissible for unions to use large inflatable rats in protests against anti-union employers, In These Times reports. Opponents say the rats are ‘confrontational and coercive’, but a majority of the Board found that there is nothing frightening about them.
‘Scabby the rat’ was first used in 1990 by a union in Chicago and have since become a popular attribute, annoying employers by attracting the attention of passers-by.
The rats, costing up to 8,000 dollar, are produced by a company that by now sells various types of inflatable rats and other animals, including a ‘Greedy Pig’ and a ‘Corporate Fat Cat’. Ironically, the company itself is reportedly non-union.