Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rats released during union protest of city layoffs


Officials said that as many as a dozen of the rodents were set loose in the City Council chambers on Tuesday night, when union workers showed up to protest looming layoffs — a showdown that ultimately included expletive-filled taunts and squealing, scurrying rats.

"It borders on not only disobedience in terms of disorderly conduct ... but criminal mischief, because I think there were some things that were broken in the chambers," said Adam Brill, a spokesman for council President Chuck Lesnick.

The incident came as dozens of Teamsters and other union members gathered outside City Hall to demonstrate against job cuts and included the appearance of a giant inflatable rat that is common at union rallies.