The long battle between the unions and the Wisconsin GOP has left behind legal actions, recalls and definitely a huge pile of resentment. So it’s no wonder that when it comes to Labor Day festivities, organizers have decided to put a ban on allowing Republican participation.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the head of the group sponsoring the Wausau Labor Day Parade has told local Republican politicians to stay away.
In a statement, [Marathon County Central Labor Council president Randy] Radtke added that the parade is intended to celebrate working men and women and what the labor movement has given them: weekends, a 40-hour workweek, child labor protection and a safe working environment.
“It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked worker’s rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain,” Radtke said.
But it seems the GOP isn’t willing to just stay away from where they are not welcome. The Wausau mayor is retaliating against the Council, refusing to support the parade by not helping with set up, not providing a police escort, even refusing to cover the cost of insurance, unless the group allows the Republican politicians back into the parade.
If only the GOP wanted to stand with the workers as much as they wanted to march with them.
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