New Union Picketing Tactic: Annoying Everyone Within Earshot


Unions throughout the city, and across the country, are fond of bringing a giant, inflatable rat to construction sites that don't use union labor. But the rat of shame has now been shelved by the local carpenters' union — although they "may shortly be available for parties" — in favor of a different tactic: hours of nonstop whistle-blowing.

[Union organizer William Peters] said the rat was a turnoff from the point of view of the general public. "As soon as they saw the rat, they'd throw their hands up. They don't want to know what the problem is."

But people find a high-pitched cacophony of whistles more inviting?

Unions Drown Out the Rat [WSJ]