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Keep up the good work Boston PD. =D>

BOSTON -- Boston Mayor Tom Menino will ask a federal judge to clamp down on union members who continued to picket outside the site of this summer's Democratic National Convention.

NewsCenter 5's Janet Wu reported that the group, protesting the stalled contract talks with the city, was successful in stopping work at the FleetCenter for the second day in a row.

The Menino administration said that a federal judge's ruling that allows informational picketing was violated.

"They have been blocking construction vehicles. They have been out on the public way. They are not permitted to be on the public way. They have, I've been told, screaming at people, and there seems to be a certain sense of fear on the part of construction workers to cross a line with police officers," Menino's attorney, Maria Hopkins, said.

Earlier in the day, picketers turned away most trucks and construction workers. Tensions rose when the driver of a construction crane tried to get his rig through.

Police union leaders were ready and willing to take on the challenge, yelling, "Don't do it. What's in your heart? Don't do it," as the truck approached the staging area.

Police officers on duty locked arms while to hold back their off-duty brothers. For several moments, the outcome was uncertain, but police union leaders convinced the driver that his life would be easier if he just moved on. He agreed, and protestors chanted "Union! Union! Union!" as the driver pulled away.

Several other vehicles were turned away, although like Tuesday, about 24 workers made it inside the building.

"We've got some work going on inside. We are doing some protection work on the floor of the FleetCenter at this point. There's a little bit of work outside disconnecting some electrical to get ready for the press building," Shawmut Construction spokesman Tom Goemaat said.

Earlier in the morning, Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole made a show of support for her force.

"Certainly, we hope for a resolution to this matter prior to the convention. We continue to work hard to talk with the unions and try to make some progress. It is unfortunate, but as long as they are peaceful and they are operating within the parameters of the law then that's their personal right, too," O'Toole said.

The city is pinning its hopes on reaching an agreement with Boston firefighters and SCIU Local 888. If they can convince either of these unions to return to the bargaining table, officials are hoping it will weaken the position of police unions and convince construction workers to cross the picket line.
 

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Leave it to the City to try and run into court and stop BPD guys on their own time from protesting. :BM: Instead of I dont know let me think here :idea: Sitting down and attempting to bargain in good faith. The city's strategy is also to try and get the firefighters and another union to deal to try and push the construction workers into an even harder position. To the BPD guys good luck and I hope you get a decent contract
 
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