THEY MARCHED one-by-one in succession, guarded by a giant, inflatable "fat cat" with a devilish grin. The cat extended a giant paw with a diamond pinkie ring to be kissed. The other paw choked the neck of a faux man in a hard hat.
Despite sweltering temperatures sirening the advent of summer, Carpenters Local 8 and Teamsters Local 107 were picketing in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday morning. They called for an end to the "lockout" they say has now rendered them jobless.
Last month, the Carpenters and Teamsters unions failed to sign a labor agreement that changed their work rules by a deadline set by the convention center board. Center executives say those two unions let the clock run out.