The Marathon County Labor Council, a coalition of unions which sponsors the parade in Wassau, Wis., had excluded Republican politicians from participating in a Labor Day parade in retaliation for legislation earlier this year that weakened the collective bargaining power ofÂ publicÂ employeeÂ unions.
But the group reversed the decision late Tuesday after Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple threatened to withhold financial support for the parade if everyone could not participate.
Labor Council President Randy Radtke issued a statement to the local newspaper that Republicans will be allowed to march in the parade â€œbecause we donâ€™t want to have community groups andÂ school bands affected.â€
â€œWe didnâ€™t start this fight in Wisconsin, but were responding to anti-worker positions and policies supported by local Republican politicians, including those who have complained about not being invited,â€ Radtkeâ€™s statement said, according to Wausau Daily Herald.
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