Boston Cops Will Picket Dem. Meeting Construction

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Boston’s main police union plans to set up a picket line when construction begins for the Democratic National Convention in three weeks, the Boston Globe says. The union applied for 29 new permits to protest outside of the delegation welcome parties scheduled for the night before the convention begins in late July.

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association will be asking convention contractors not to cross their picket line, said Thomas J. Nee, union president. Union leaders next week will begin sending letters to all 6,000 convention delegates and alternates, informing them of Boston’s labor woes, and asking them not to attend the parties. “We are letting delegates know we’re going into our third year without a contract, and the frustration is spilling over,” Nee said “The values of the Democratic Party are not being adhered to in the city of Boston.”

Trade union leaders say they would not honor a patrolmen’s association picket line and plan to begin work by the scheduled June 8 start date. Most delegates from around the country, will probably not boycott convention activities because of a local labor dispute, said national Democratic officials.

The protest plans put added pressure on Mayor Thomas Menino to quickly settle contracts with city workers as the convention approaches.

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/conventions/articles/2004/05/19/police_plan_to_broaden_conventi

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