From Billy Penn: Scabby the union rat could go away, thanks to Philly case

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Joseph Barillari at en.wikipedia

A common sight during disputes over the use of union labor in Delaware and elsewhere could be on his way out.

The National Labor Relations Board, with appointees from the Trump administration with no ties to organized labor, may rule that a giant inflatable rat is an intimidation tool, rather than being covered by free speech.

Sometimes known as “Scabby,” the rat shows up when contractors are accused of hiring nonunion tradespeople.

The bulk of non-state-funded projects, such as retail stores, are built by open shop contractors that hire both union and nonunion labor and in many cases, the inflatable rate appears.

Efforts to outlaw the rat have been going on for decades.

Click here for the full story from Billy Penn, a part of WHYY.

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