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Labor leaders must pay for parade if GOP banned, mayor says
Reuters ^ | 30 Aug 2011 | John Rondy

Posted on 08/30/2011 4:07:36 PM PDT by mandaladon

The mayor of a Wisconsin town said on Tuesday a local labor council would have to reimburse the city up to $2,000 for a Labor Day parade if organizers exclude Republican lawmakers from attending.

The move in Wausau, Wisconsin, came after a county labor official said last week that Republican politicians were not welcome at the event due to their party's stance against collective bargaining when state lawmakers voted to curtail it earlier this year.

Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple told Reuters on Tuesday that the decision to exclude elected Republicans "flies in the face of public policy."

"This is not a political rally, it's a parade, for God's sake," Tipple said, noting that taxpayer money is used by the city to pay for staging the event. Tipple's office is nonpartisan, and he claims no affiliation with either political party.

He said the annual cost of the parade, including insurance, setting up and taking down a stage, and police personnel, runs anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 each year.

The Republican-backed collective bargaining limits made Wisconsin the center of a battle over union power this year.

The fight propelled the state to the forefront of a wider national struggle as Republicans who took control of many statehouses in last year's midterm elections moved aggressively to shrink government and made reining in public unions a top priority.

"It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked workers' rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain," Marathon County Labor Council President Randy Radtke said in announcing the decision.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: labor; laborday; unions; wausau
The chief of staff for Sean Duffy, a Republican Congressman from northern Wisconsin, released a statement saying: "Having walked in this parade in past years, Congressman Duffy was hoping that for a moment we could set our differences aside and simply have some fun in a family-friendly event."

Radtke told WAOW-TV in Wausau that the labor council stood by its decision to ban Republicans. Tipple said he had not been told if the labor council planned to pay the costs.********The Mayor is right!!!

1 posted on 08/30/2011 4:07:39 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Thug unions. Purest form of organized crime ever invented.


2 posted on 08/30/2011 4:09:30 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: shankbear

They’ll pay. Ain’t their money.


3 posted on 08/30/2011 4:13:54 PM PDT by Studebaker Hawk (These geeks are a dime-a-dozen. I'm looking for the man with the dimes. Freddy Blassy)
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To: mandaladon
Good for you Mayor. Make the goons pay their own way and keep emptying their coffers.
4 posted on 08/30/2011 4:14:56 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: mandaladon

Two words: water. balloons.


5 posted on 08/30/2011 4:15:01 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: sbMKE

Manure spreader


6 posted on 08/30/2011 4:18:54 PM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: shankbear
Republica Party needs to file "Disrimination/14th Amendment" claim to stop the parade if they don't allow Republicans in it.

What would the situation be if "U.S.Citizens only" were declared as those eligible?

You can BET that the Federal Government would step in IMMEDIATELY and/or the ACLU would file for an Injunction to stop it. Same for any other exlusionary terms in a publicly-funded event.

7 posted on 08/30/2011 4:20:00 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: mandaladon

I think the GOP lawmakers should refuse unless the labor day holiday is celebrated in its true historical context.


8 posted on 08/30/2011 4:26:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: Studebaker Hawk

The unionistas are pretty gullible. Check this story out. Tons of money going to a recall effort here in michigan but only a percent or two going into the actual district where the recall is to take place.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2771043/posts


9 posted on 08/30/2011 4:30:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: mandaladon

They can march the Republicans can watch and mock them.


10 posted on 08/30/2011 4:35:32 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (O-blame-r)
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To: cripplecreek

Actually it’s a holiday for union labor.

The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York It became a federal holiday in 1894,


11 posted on 08/30/2011 4:39:43 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: 1raider1

That’s what I’m saying. Make it honest.


12 posted on 08/30/2011 4:41:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: shankbear

I would muscle my way in, and have my ass dragged out. I would not sit in the back of the bus. I would not drink from a separate water fountain. And I would sit at the public counter. I might go down, but I would be bloody and proud. Republicans needs some sack.


13 posted on 08/30/2011 4:43:36 PM PDT by healy61
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To: healy61

Its these freaking “moderates” the GOP insists that are so important. They’ve neutered the party.

Frankly I’m starting to wonder why they don’t moderate the party that actually needs it. The GOP has been moderated into a coma.


14 posted on 08/30/2011 4:55:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: mandaladon

Can’t tell - is the Mayor a Dem or Repub?


15 posted on 08/30/2011 5:51:53 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: mandaladon

Libtards are such babies.


16 posted on 08/30/2011 6:04:51 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Need a new tagline - Bucs are better this year)
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To: Studebaker Hawk
They’ll pay. Ain’t their money.

But at least it won't go to finance more DemoCommucrat's campaigns.

I wish that some day the brain numbed union members would wake up and understand that their 'leaders' are planning to turn them and the rest of us into their slaves.

Where the hell is Geprge Meany when you need him? He would have personally kicked these little commies creeps asses and worked for more jobs, not corrupt career politicians.

17 posted on 08/30/2011 7:08:39 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: mandaladon

free country isn’t it?


18 posted on 08/30/2011 7:12:15 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: mandaladon; Diana in Wisconsin; jellybean; Hunton Peck

Update PING (please forward)...

Jellybean, it looks like we got our wish and the unions aren’t backing down. It should be interesting to see what happens over the next few days here in Wausau.

ALL:
I’m trying to decide whether to actually show up for the parade (the first time I would actually be there for it! LOL), and if I do then I’m not sure what “tactic” to use — protest signs (anti-union, anti-communist), or Tongue-in-cheek? OR, would it be better just to stay home (like we usually do)? Suggestions are appreciated!

I wish I had more experience in this area regarding putting together an alternate event if the labor council decides to pay the costs usually borne by the city. I have yet to check the local Tea Party FB page to see if anyone has suggested anything of that nature besides myself. :)

Anyway, I would LOVE to meet up with a few of my fellow FReepers here if others are going to be in Wausau - whether we are protesting, or doing whatever else. My daughter are actually wanting to go and protest - I know my oldest will most likely do so whether I do or not... (She’s a young adult, so it’s up to her! LOL)

I wish I had a support Walker T-Shirt! Maybe I can make one over the weekend or something! :)


19 posted on 08/30/2011 11:40:54 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: tutstar

Agreed... it IS a free country. However, I live here in Wausau, and if they are going to use our tax dollars to “co-sponsor” the parade then it can’t be a partisan political event... I have no problem with them inviting whomever they want, and excluding whoever they want — just don’t use my tax dollars to fund it! Besides, according to our mayor and our town’s policy they CAN’T discriminate based on political party if the city is paying for ANY of it...


20 posted on 08/30/2011 11:45:02 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: LibertyRocks
Jellybean, it looks like we got our wish and the unions aren’t backing down. It should be interesting to see what happens over the next few days here in Wausau.

Well, well, well!!

There was some talk on The Jerry Bader Show about organizing a counter rally celebrating free enterprise/capitalism. I'll listen tomorrow to see if they've decided to go ahead with it.

Is the parade Monday morning? I might be able to make it if it's not too late in the day. I have to work in the afternoon.

21 posted on 08/31/2011 12:31:43 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: LibertyRocks; Diana in Wisconsin
UPDATE: The unions have backed off and will now allow anyone, including Republicans, to march in the parade.

Jerry Bader is encouraging everyone to attend the parade and cheer on the Republicans who decide to participate. Sean Duffy said on the radio this morning that he does plan to be there.

22 posted on 08/31/2011 7:47:47 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: jellybean

Have you heard what time the parade starts?


23 posted on 08/31/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Don’t know the time. I’ll have to look later. I’ll post if I find out.


24 posted on 08/31/2011 2:21:22 PM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: jellybean

Thanks for the update, jellybean! My daughters and I will be there ready to cheer on Duffy and others who decide to attend... I’ll go to your links and check out what the suggestions are in a moment. Thanks again! :)


25 posted on 08/31/2011 5:27:59 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Hunton Peck; LibertyRocks
Parade starts at 4:00 pm at the corner of West Wausau Avenue and traveling along 3rd Avenue: DETAILS HERE
26 posted on 09/01/2011 9:08:03 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: jellybean

Thank you! I may be able to make it.

It looks like about a 3-hour drive, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to Wausau before, so what the heck?


27 posted on 09/01/2011 9:16:23 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

I only live about 45 minutes to an hour away, but I have to work at 4:30, so it’s a no go for me.


28 posted on 09/01/2011 11:21:19 AM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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