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(WSJ) — Remember “The Rat,” that giant, inglorious inflatable rodent who appeared at construction sites throughout the city to taunt and humiliate companies that were using nonunion labor? Well, the rat is deflated, deceased. Gone. Finished. Kaput. At least as far as Local 2870 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is concerned.

“Our rats are tucked away in storage,” reported William Peters, an organizer with the local. “We probably have four or five on hand.” He said the rat was a turnoff from the point of view of the general public. “As soon as they saw the rat, they’d throw their hands up. They don’t want to know what the problem is.”

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