The voice of labor

By reaching an agreement with its police and firefighter’s unions, the city of Boston avoided the embarrassment of Democratic delegates as well as Senator John F. Kerry having to cross picket lines to attend convention events. But Democrats must still handle their union brothers with kid gloves. Volunteers stuffing thousands of goodie bags for journalists with maps and food freebies at a Saturday night media party were told they couldn’t actually transport the bags around the hall. That had to be done by members of the Teamsters and Warehousemen’s Union. But first, the Teamsters had to box up the goodie bags and apply tape to each box. The result: many of the bags were delivered late to the party.

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