CHEERING ERUPTED from the demonstrators when 17th Street between Market and Chestnut in front of the Westin Philadelphia hotel was officially closed to provide them a forum.
Several hundred of them, with whistles and picket signs, brought their own heated emotions to the already warm afternoon yesterday to protest the deadlock in contract negotiations with the city.
Mayor Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is hosting a "Mayors' Innovation Summit" this week at the Westin.
The protesters, fully aware of that, chanted, "No contract, no peace!" and held signs reading "Mayor Bozo" complete with a picture of Nutter sporting a red clown Afro and red lipstick.