A nighttime projectionist set up in the middle of Broad Street, beaming antimanagement messages onto a building. Protesters with strike placards facing the plateglass windows of a theater lobby while staring down audience members inside. A labor dispute in which both sides appropriate the messages of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Philadelphia may be used to strikes at construction sites and outside corporate headquarters, but this one is different. For one thing, the workers in question have already resigned themselves to an almost comical raise: an additional $1.50 per hour spread over three years.