The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association is still picketing outside the Fleet Center. But the labor unions are crossing their lines. It seems an umbrella labor organization signed a no-strike pact for the Fleet Center project (I can only imagine what concessions they extorted from their employers in exchange for that pact, but you can bet the city paid for them).
But the cops are still trying to stop the trucks. They taunt, they shout, they swear loudly in public. Here's a bit from the Boston Herald:
In a showdown yesterday morning, pickets from the police union and an array of other city unions turned back a crane that tried to enter the FleetCenter's gates with shouts of ``scab'' and a stream of angry invective. The driver, after several attempts to nudge his crane forward, threw up his hands, evoking wild cheering from the picketers.
I wonder how many of the picketing cops have themselves arrested people for swearing loudly in public and for blocking streets? Who will be there to enforce the laws against these picketing cops, should the mayor succeed in getting the no-blocking order enforced by the courts?
Note that the city already offered a 12% raise. That would push the average annual BPD salary into the mid-80s, at least. Here's a reference article from the Boston Globe.
This isn't Triangle Shirtwaist, people. It's greed.
I hope the mayor can shut them down.