Union Protests Outside Convention Center — Without an Inflatable Rat!

Carpenters Local 8, which was protesting an “unfair lockout” at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, mixed it up with a giant fat cat instead of a union rat.

Whoa! Carpenters Union Local 8 breaking out the big guns for the protest today. I always appreciate when unions mix it up and go with the “giant fat cat choking a worker” instead of the “terrifying giant inflatable rat.”

Big Sky Balloons created both Scabby the Rat and the fat cat character. The company has a whole line of inflatable protest balloons, including a cockroach, a greedy pig, a skunk, Cerberus and a border patrol agent.




Check out this image from their brochure:

union-rats

Look, the company even has a snappy pro-union slogan! The enormous 25-foot rat goes for $8,000.

"They have been in hundreds of newspaper articles and even appeared on several T.V. shows such as the Sopranos, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife," the website says. Carpenters Local 8 has been shut out of the Pennsylvania Convention Center since not signing a new contract in May.

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • Hard working taxpayer

    There is no lockout. These losers don’t work there anymore because they didn’t sign the new agreement before the deadline. It’s over, go home, you lost.

    • Melissa

      Their is a Local Carpenter’s Union that is locked out you loser, It’s the Carpenter hands that built that building.

  • kclo3

    Carpenters should start their own business making protest balloons.

  • Ewock

    I love how they try to blame illegal aliens. Bunch of racist thugs.

  • Ray

    Unions in this city are indeed racist thugs. It’s a slow death, but at least in two decades they will be irrelevant.