Friday, 10 June 2011

Inflatable rats permissible in union protests

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.

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