Only when threatened with funding for a parade did Wisconsin’s Marathon County Labor Council AFL-CIO allow equality for all political persuasions to participate in this coming Monday’s Labor Day parade in Wausau, Wisconsin.
The obvious problem which the parade organizers didn’t figure out before telling Republican politicians they weren’t welcome to be in the parade is that much of the event is put on by taxpayers – and many, many taxpayers are Republican as evidenced by a large number of GOP politicians holding office in the state of Wisconsin.
The city of Wausau reportedly covers much the cost of the parade with taxpayers’ money by paying for such items as insurance for the event and traffic control. In these economically trying-times, that expense will likely be up to $2,500 of taxpayers’ funds.
Initially, some Wisconsin GOP politicians were told that they could not participate in the parade due to this past year’s Wisconsin union battles in the state’s government. The initial announcement of the decision appears to have attempted to demean and lecture some politicians concerning political stances rather than concentrating on American workers throughout the state and country.
Apparently, the Wisconsin Labor Council involved erroneously thought that the only laborers honored on Labor Day, a national holiday, are union workers and supporters.
After receiving word from Wausau, Wisconsin’s mayor, Jim Tipple, that taxpayer funds would not be given to the parade’s organizers this year due to non-inclusion of all, the parade organizers – the Wisconsin’s Marathon Council Labor Council AFL-CIO – basically prostituted their alleged political assertions for the $2,500. After all, they could have still put on a ‘Labor Union’ parade and saved their Wisconsin citizens the money by footing the bill themselves.
Instead, Randy Radtke, the President of the Marathon County Labor Council AFL-CIO rescinded the Council’s earlier decision by releasing an e-mail which says that the Council is now allowing the previously-excluded Republicans to participate in the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. 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.
Again, the other line of reasonsing is that for less than $2,500, the Marathon County Labor Council AFL-CIO could have apparently kept the politicians, of whom they disagree, out of their parade – but money apparently talks, and they’re not going to keep them out after all.
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Source: ironicsurrealism, wausaudailyherald