1776 Coalition :: Wisconsin Unions Reverse Decision to Bar Republicans from Labor Day Parade

Wisconsin Unions Reverse Decision to Bar Republicans from Labor Day Parade

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September 1, 2011

Foxnews.com

After barring Republican officials from their local Labor Day event, a group of unions in Wisconsin decided not to rain on the parade.

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 of public employee 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 “because we don’t want to have community groups and school bands affected.”

“We didn’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,” Radtke’s statement said, according to Wausau Daily Herald.

“With the track records that Pam Galloway, Sean Duffy, Scott Walker and Jerry Petrowski have all put together this year, they should be ashamed to even show their faces at a Labor Day parade.

To read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/31/wisconsin-unions-reverse-decision-to-bar-republicans-from-labor-day-parade/#ixzz1WfBxBY1t

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