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GOP Booted From Wisconsin Labor Day Parade

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Posted on Aug 30, 2011
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Labor leaders in Wisconsin’s Marathon County have announced that Republican politicians are not invited to participate in the annual Labor Day parade in Wausau.

County Labor Council President Randy Radtke banned GOP politicians because they “openly attacked workers’ rights” or “stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain.”

But Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple stood up for Republicans. He said the city—the long-standing locale for the Labor Day event—would not pay to help stage the parade unless the ban was reversed. So when it comes to standing up for Wisconsin labor unions, it looks like they’re on their own again. —BF

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“Usually they’ve been in the parade, but it seems like they only want to stand with us one day a year, and the other 364 days they don’t really care,” said Randy Radtke, president of the council.

The council is made up of about 30 local unions from the Marathon County area.

In a statement, 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.

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By ardee, September 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

Shelly Valladolid

Ill sell hand towels right next door…we get rich, become republicans, lobby for less taxation and less government in our businesses. Ill buy a Jag you can have a Mercedes.

Im going to lie down now.

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By Shelly Valladolid, September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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I say let them march.  And please let me have a license
to open a stand selling mushy tomatoes.  I’ll be RICH!

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By ardee, August 31, 2011 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

John Sullivan, August 30 at 12:39 pm

I take issue with your embarrassment, Mr. Sullivan, at being an American.

As early as the rebellion against the King of England there were folks called tories who decided to throw in their lot with the status quo. I doubt that our brave revolutionary ancestors were embarrassed for one second.

Democracy is not bought cheaply and our freedoms are under attack. Even on this forum we see conservative democrats use weasel words and distortions to attempt, however desperately, an argument for solidarity with a party that has abandoned us as surely as has the GOP. Does this embarrass you too?

The state of our media makes it seem as if these radicals, of every stripe, are in a majority when it is very clear that they are a small minority everywhere but in the headlines. I believe our people are good folks, charitable and hard working, very worthy of the efforts being made to save us all from the clutches of corporate fascism and the complicity of our major political parties in the effort.

No need to be embarrassed I state, pissed off, fine, motivated to work a bit harder, great.

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By Project Mayhem, August 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Well said, John. Embarrassing, indeed.

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By John Sullivan, August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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Let the Nazis march if they’re shameless enough. Then the people in Wisconsin who do NOT want to participate in their own disenfranchisement can throw sh*t at them. What a sad, sick, silly little country we’ve become. Outright embarrassing to be an American.

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By Marian Griffith, August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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—-In a statement, 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.—-

And these Republicans seek to give them weekends to work in too, a 40 hour off each week, and child labour ensurance. Oh, and safe working environment obviously means that you do not run the risk being attacked by a tyrannosaurus rex while at work.

Surely they do belong in that parade, they have demonstrated their care for the regular working American time and again. They even try to take away the stress of being organised in a union. All for their own good of course.

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