Demonstrators from a local labor union showed up at Witherspoon Street and Terhune Road in Princeton today, bringing their giant inflatable rats with them. Shouting “No Justice! No Peace!” and “Princeton is a Union Town”, the protestors waved placards at passers-by. The protest appears to be focused on the construction of a new gas station at the site, which is at the top of Witherspoon Street near the intersection of Mt Lucas Road, Cherry Hill Road and Route 206.
A fueling station for municipal vehicles has existed at this site for many years. The adjacent garage was knocked down in 2014, and in its place, the town appears to be constructing a canopy that will look much more like a modern gas station. A new PFARS ambulance station is being constructed right next to this site, but the town wanted to keep a fueling station here. The gas station is for municipal vehicles only, not for regular car drivers. Council recently hired consultants to review traffic circulation issues around the fueling station and the adjacent ambulance station.
The Local 78 labor union also brought a giant inflatable rat to Princeton City Hall in 2014, to protest the non-union labor used for construction of the Avalon Princeton apartments.