Boston’s Republican-friendly police union is threatening to picket the Democratic National Convention this summer as hometown candidate John Kerry accepts his party’s nomination for president, reports the Associated Press. The 1,400-member Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association wants the city to accept its pay demands. The patrolmen’s association, which has long endorsed GOP presidential candidates hurt doom Democrat Michael Dukakis’ 1988 bid by endorsing Republican George H.W. Bush.
Mayor Thomas Menino has said that he will not allow the union protests to push him into a contract as the city struggles to make ends meet. The contract expired in July 2002, when officers earned an average of $79,000 a year.