Wisconsin union group reverses ban to allow GOP in Labor Day parade

By Andrew Jones
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 14:21 EDT
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A Wisconsin union group has decided to reverse its decision to ban GOP lawmakers from their Labor Day parade.

According to the Associated Press, the Marathon County Labor Council changed their original decision thanks to pressure from Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple. Tripple threatened to withhold financial support for the parade if the ban remained intact.

Labor Council President Randy Radtke said earlier that Republicans were not invited  to the parade because of their attacks on collective bargaining rights for unions.

Radke released a statement saying: ”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. 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.”

“Just like we’d hoped, our decision has stimulated a great debate in our community about the meaning of Labor Day. But because we don’t want to wind up having community groups and school bands affected in the process, we will let everyone march and hope these Republican politicians finally take away some lessons about what Labor Day really means. We know their actions and voting records speak more loudly than waving at any parade.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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