Wisconsin Labor Tells GOP They Can’t Come To Labor Day Parade


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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Mick R.
Mick R.5 years ago

Charles T & Michael R- Clearly you have not been paying any attention to what the Republicans have been doing in the state of Wisconsin or you would not make such ignorant comments. By the way, Labor does not just refer to Unions but either way you look at it, the Republicans have been waging war on the American worker.

Mick R.
Mick R.5 years ago

Why should anyone who hates working women and men come to a Labor Day parade? They should all go to the anti-Labor Day parade, since anything else would be totally hypocritical.

Charles Temm JR
Charles Temm JR5 years ago

Are any government funds used in setting this celebration up? Yes of course.

Then has this event become a Dem party event where non believers aren't welcome? If taxpayer funds are involved then the organizers either should return the money OR let any politician show up.

Does one need more evidence that unions are simply tools of one political party? No, if you did-you must have been ignoring the news for decades. More reason for non Dems to insist government unions be watched ever more carefully.

Michael R.
Michael R.5 years ago

I think the unions are being childish.

Bev E.
Bev E.5 years ago

What's the matter with these "just say no" Republicans. Don't they like it when a little of their own mantra is shoved back into their face. Maybe this is the way to get those Republicans to do anything.

Please take photos for us of marching republicans celebrating (?) working men and women.

Donna Kat
Donna K.5 years ago

@David M http://www.truth-out.org/three-charts-email-your-right-wing-brother-law/1314626142 and this data comes from a nonpartisan source.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

The Kiplinger Letter, Vol.88, No.33 for August 19, 2011, a business newsletter, stated that:

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“U.S. multinationals are plowing more profits back into foreign markets, taking advantage of stronger economic growth overseas and saving on U.S. taxes. GE, for example, reinvested $94 billion abroad in 2010 double its 2006 figure. Chip maker Intel poured nearly $12 billion into foreign investments last year... up from just under 5 billion in 2006. All told about 25 % of S&P 500 firms’ profits won’t be repatriated this year. Health care and tech firms tend to reinvest much more.
Total foreign direct investment will hit the prerecession level later this year.
And for China...another record. It’ll nab $106 billion in foreign investment.”
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This is why we are providing tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations so that it can fund the export of more U.S. jobs. That is the Republican plan and the efforts of the “job creators” they speak of. This means that tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations will result in more job losses then are actually created. The Republicans are “job killer” legislators in disguise.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

Don I.,

The lead up to our problems is easy.

Republican Reagan decided to allowed out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs and it has been occurring ever since. Now individual jobs can even be out-sourced. All our production is now in foreign, even comunist countries and we cannot possibly help Taiwan when the invasion comes. Would we borrow the money to do so? Capitalism is the new communism.

The Republican party and their corporate masters brought this upon the country and they won't be happy until their un-American activity results in the lowest wages of the poorest third world country established here in the U.S. They are the cheerleaders for out-sourcing U.S. jobs.

We protect our businesses with all kinds of import export laws but I am at a loss to figure out why. What happened to that international economy? Why protect them if they are not the "job creaters that they claim to be? If the American dream must go to China and india why give tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations? They are not doing any substantive job creation in this country and with the loss of the middle class tax breaks they should be picking up the slack.

But who is blocking that? Oh...the Republican party.
Those bought and paid for, borrow and spend Corpublicans.

Donna Kat
Donna K.5 years ago

So why did no one ask him why was he living beyond his means? He expects the government to do so, why not himself.

Maryanne E.
Maryanne E.5 years ago

I'm with the unions on this one. It seems the Republicans there only wish to stand with the unions one day a year, and tell them to go pound sand the other 364. Want to strip workers of their rights? Then I'm sorry, it's inappropriate of them to stand and celebrate said rights.

And let's not forget, the GOP did plenty of name calling themselves regarding the whole mess in WI, they're not innocent little lambs either!