WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — The Marathon County Labor Council has reversed a decision that excluded Republican politicians from participating in the Labor Day parade in Wausau.

Labor Council President Randy Radtke earlier said Republican elected officials were not invited because they supported changes to collective bargaining for public employee unions. Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple responded by threatening to withhold financial support for the parade unless everyone was allowed to participate.

WSAW-TV says Radtke released a statement Wednesday which said the Labor Council didn’t want community groups and school bands affected, so Republicans will be allowed in the parade.

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Comments (29)
  1. Facts of Life says:

    Strong arming does work.

    Now, I can’t wait to find out how much poop the GOPs scoop as they walk in the parade.

  2. Guy says:

    Money talks, bs walks … or in the case of The Marathon County Labor Council – PARADES … amazing what having to pay for their stupidity does to an “attitude”

  3. DoTWiG.com says:

    Isn’t it amazing how humans build moats and walls around each other to differentiate each other. Race, religion, politcal affiliation. I was borm in the north and raised in the south and was called a yankee.

    Love, it is all you need…

  4. Carl says:

    So is it the Unions that reversed their decision as the title of the article states or the Marathon County Labor Council? Sounds a bit suspicious to me but obviously the council is the tail of the Union thugs in the area.

  5. jimmy says:

    get the tomatos ready

    1. I'm Just Sayin' says:

      stated like a true “love your neighbor” liberal.

  6. kevin says:

    Hows the negitive press working for the MarathonCounty Labor Council working for you today?

  7. Flamer says:

    He can come to our parade and sit on my lap anyday.

  8. Cindy says:

    Why would any Republican want to be seen participating in a socialist day parade anyway? Let the commie union goons and the freeloaders have it.

    1. Pat says:

      Because this is America and public money was being used.

      It’s just not right.

    2. robert says:

      You are confused with May 1, that is socialist. You ahve to be a republinut

  9. Murph says:

    Yeah ,they can attend but…have to take their turns in the dunk tank before they can speak to anyone! About time one of them got a soaking like the rest of us chumps out here!

    1. I'm Just Sayin' says:

      once again spoken like a true “lobve your neighbor” liberal.

  10. richard says:

    For the most part, I’m not a “union guy”. However, what the repubs have done to the union people in wisconsis and other places is tantamount to cutting the unions throught. So the big business guys get to march….so what??? Just remember who went along with eliminating collective barganing rights when the elections come around in 2012.

  11. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    So labor union, you want to ban anyone from your little party that disagrees with you. Well that would be the majority of the people that voted in the last election, since they put the republicans in charge. Why not just go the full monty and ban all tax payers? I mean you are starting more class war fare now that you are no longer getting your way. So please come out as the true spoiled brats you are, “We are not getting our way, so you can not play in our sand box anymore.” NICE mesasge you are sending to society as a whole. Oh wait, the registration deadline is now upon us, so now you can walk, but we will make you walk behind the horse unit and line up more of our militant group to throw rotten tomatos at you (aka Kimmy above)….

  12. Murph says:

    Real GOP’ers don’t walk they ,drive or fly! So why do they want to pretend they are normal for ONE lousy day? We all know what they are,they don’t fool anyone except FOX News zombies! You know, the fake GOP’ers,don’t know that WE know they are fake…so they put on a GOP er front and talk like they’re rich, then slink back to their hovels at night! Kinda batty,if you ask me!

    1. Cindy says:

      A republican walking in a commie labor day parade is almost as out of place as a liberal attending a 4th of July parade.

      1. Kevin says:

        Marry ME CINDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      2. Dave's Not Here says:

        Where do you get off calling Americans “commies” Cindy? How disgusting of you.

        How much do you weigh? I have a guess. I bet I’m close.

  13. Leroy says:

    Amazing that unions thought they could use public money to control society,

    Oh wait, they do that all the time.

  14. Kevin says:

    So the unions say no to the dirty commie GOP in their parade….then they mayor tells the union they will have to pay the city for the parade if they do not let the dirty commie GOP in the parade…….then the union folds like a cheap lawn chair…….Go Union!!!!

    1. stubby says:

      kevin , explain to me why a union for public section jobs…..taxpayer supported jobs…can be allowed to extort money from me to pay their members wages greater than the state average for private sector employess? Why wouldn’t I, as a taxpayer, want to get the best bang for the buck? Why am I being forced to pay more for service from a govenment worker than if it was bidded out to a private contractor? Where is the upside for me as a taxpayer?

  15. herb says:

    I’m just sayin’
    The people of wisconsin put the republicans in just like the people of Ohio did, NOT! just like the people of the United State put GW in, NOT In todays Diebold paper trailess fixed elections, it was not the people who put these people in, it was the republican fix machine. If you are going to steal elections or support those who do, then fess up! Nobody is going to do anything about it anyway. That has been demonstrated time and time again in republican administrations. Now that the fix goes all the way to the SCUS there is very little left of the great country our founding fathers envisioned. And very little hope for those that don’t fall in the richest 10%.

    1. Sue says:

      And then there’s Acorn…..
      GET A LIFE!!!

  16. Murph says:

    If some of you want to work for $5 bucks an hour ,that will buy you a loaf bread and a soda right now! One gallon of gas to get to work and a gallon back home,almost ten bucks. The house payment or rent,the heat ,lights ,tv ,telephone and whatnot.So basically you want to make a choice between being poor,uninsured and be forever hungry,thirsty and broke.Or vote for labor, for unions and for liberals! Don’t seem like a very tough choice to me! The GOP ain’t saying they are NOT going to tax you.They are saying they are not going to tax the rich.You will be slaves under their rule.Take that to the bank,it’s all you’ll get!

    1. stubby says:

      murph you are wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. According to your line of thinking, anyone who doesn’t work for a union, (19% of the US workforce belongs to a union) 81% of the workforce is making 5 bucks and hour, can’t buy the basics and lives under a bridge. Come on man, wake up. Unions have no place in the public-funded sector..

  17. TheDonald says:

    When they found out they had to foot the bill for the parade they changed thier tunes. What a bunch of wimps.

  18. back at you says:

    The labor council made a big mistake not allowing GOP politicians. After all, it’s not really a parade without the clowns.

  19. IntheMidwest says:

    Quote from Robert Reich’s blog:

    All told, it’s been the worst decade for American workers in a century. According to Commerce Department data, private-sector wage gains over the last decade have even lagged behind wage gains during the decade of the Great Depression (4 percent over the last ten years, adjusted for inflation, versus 5 percent from 1929 to 1939).

    Big American corporations are making more money, and creating more jobs, outside the United States than in it.

    CEO pay, meanwhile, has soared. The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for CEOs at 350 big American companies surged 11 percent last year to $9.3 million (according to a study of proxy statements conducted for The Wall Street Journal by the management consultancy Hay Group.). Bonuses have surged 19.7 percent.

    This doesn’t even include all those stock options rewarded to CEOs at rock-bottom prices in 2008 and 2009.

    So let’s bag the picnics and parades this Labor Day. American workers should march in protest. They’re getting the worst deal they’ve had since before Labor Day was invented – and the economy is suffering as a result.”

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