Did You Know...

   

Wausau Mayor: Union Organizers Must Reimburse City if Republicans Excluded from Labor Day Parade

Share
By Doug Powers  •  August 30, 2011 11:01 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

You may have read in the past few days that a Labor Day parade in Wausau, Wisconsin that is organized by unions, but also funded by the city, had planned to bar Republicans from taking part because those Republicans “have openly attacked workers rights.”

Now the Mayor of Wausau says that’s not a problem… provided the labor leaders reimburse the city for expenses:

(Reuters) – 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.

Most people marching in the event are thrilled with the change, because the partisan parade route planned by the union started in downtown Wausau and ended at the Heritage Inn and Suites in Harvard, Illinois. This guy never would have made it that far.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

blog comments powered by Disqus
~ For the latest breaking news, be sure to join Michelle's Email List:

Obama’s campaign speech in Maryland so awesome people left early

October 19, 2014 08:43 PM by Doug Powers

rose

The wilting

George Stephanopoulos: Ebola Czar Klain is the communications and management expert government needs

October 19, 2014 12:33 PM by Doug Powers

czar

Plus: Somebody looks familiar…

Wendy Davis’ campaign website selling baby onesies — baby optional

October 18, 2014 03:01 PM by Doug Powers

dude

Pretty shameless

Who’s afraid of ‘Rocky Mountain Heist?’

October 17, 2014 12:06 AM by Michelle Malkin


Categories: 2014 Campaign, Campaign finance, Feature Story

Follow me on Twitter Follow me on Facebook