Union Epic Fail #4 In Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (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.

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.

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.

(Writing and reporting by John Rondy; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Cynthia Johnston)

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I'll be looking for you Monday @ the Labor Day Parade! Can you walk a mile? Better yet we'll throw you some candy along the parade route! Don't be writing SCAB on any of the parked cars in the area! Oh..... wait leave the Prius at home.

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Won't be there Monday Paul, I'll be riding my bike 25 miles. I will have Yes on 2 signs hanging from my balcony though. And it's really doubtful that I'd be the one writing SCAB, I leave that to the union thugs.

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Yes Fred we wouldn't want you to break an axle on one of Toledo's many pot holes. We all know you drive that Mickey Mouse Prius with the 13 inch wheels. Maybe if you switch over and buy a Toledo built Jeep vehicle you'd not have to worry about pot holes. You see Fred your constant complaining will not fix the problem. Its a revenue problem not a spending problem. If Americans supported Americans then problem solved but you and your ignorant ilk can't seem to figure out this basic economic model. Telling city workers to work harder while you sit on your air conditioned A$$ for three hours a day playing KIA commercials will not solve the problem. You see its YOU Fred and your ignorant followers.

Here's some basic facts about the economy Fred. When people are working at living wage jobs then they pay taxes the pay people to fix roads and mow park lawns. When morons think that buying foreign built or even out of state built products that employ "others" well that does not contribute to our local economy. Hence we see social service costs go up, we see crime go up, we see housing prices go down because no one in Toledo has disposable income to spend. So those who think crime in Old Orchard or Temperance Michigan can hide from this economic fact are only fooling themselves. Unemployed/underemployed people will cost all of us and until the American people realize that their government is not working for them anymore but their corporate masters we will all suffer from globalization and the race to the bottom.

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Again Paul dazzles us with fact upon fact about our economy, crime stats, and job loss. I can't believe I didn't see this before. My only excuse is that my corporate bosses who pay me to sit on my ass for 3 hours a day in air conditioned comfort have kept me in the dark the bastards. They have blinded me to what is really going on and Paul has opened my eyes. Please read his posts carefully so that you really understand what he is saying as it is vitally important to saving our Republic.

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Paul you are absolutely correct. I have been duped by my corporate bosses for so long I was unable to see the error of my ways. From now on I will take my ill-gotten gains and spend them on only American made products like Jeep http://abcnews.go.com/US/safety-advocates-demand-government-recall-jeep-... , drywall http://atlantainjurynewsblog.com/2010/12/report-american-made-drywall-po..., Delta cribs http://www.businesspundit.com/delta-crib-recall-underlines-the-importanc..., etc etc.

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The first link, recalls of the old Diamler Benz designed Grand Cherokee. This was engineered by the German occupiers of Jeep. We all know were that led to. Your second and third link talks about the hazards of imported Chinese products that are not tested by any regulatory agency. We all know your job is to shill for your corporate handlers. I know you know that what the Wolfman says is true that's whats so troubling. As a Catholic you'd think maybe you'd have some empathy for those less fortunate but we know you practice only one day a week and take the corporate bonus knowing the difference. Its a shame Fred.

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You are correct once again Paul I am only a well paid shill for corporate AmeriKa and a C&E Catholic at best.

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It is no wonder that the WSPD morning show is rated #! in talk in Toledo. The voyeur from Virginia (Brian) will always never rate because Toledoans want the local news discussion not some out of town shill spewing astro turf! You see Fred its not you its the forum and I believe if it weren't so biased it even have bigger ratings. But we all know that WSPD has both haters and dittoheads listening giving it a ratings boost. If you weren't such a corporate suck up then maybe the other side would show up an discuss the issues. Until that day we will all be setting back laughing at the foolishness that is WSPD!

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Well I'm amazed we didn't think of it before. The solution to Toledo's pot hole problem... a living wage.

I wonder what wolfman thinks is the solution to the crime problems? Obamacare waivers to the UAW?

MikeyA

Paul Wohlfarth once agains nails it with his description of me as a corporate suck up. I can only dream about what my career might have been like if I'd taken the big labor side of arguments all these years. It's the forum not the talent, I will have to remember that in the future.

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Where was Brian Wilson at 11 p.m. on Aug. 10? Could it be he had a reaction to the swamp gas of Northwest Ohio and went on rampage in his delirium? It is known that Brian has a relationship with a known gold trader in Temperance Michigan. Just a few more clues for the investigators!

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"Just a few more clues for the investigators"

The ones checking you out for stalking?

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

Wisconsin Republicans plan to stand on principle and attend Labor Day Parade. Unions cave in to pressure from local high schools and businesses who did not support thier stand.
Updated at 11:35 a.m. with comment
from spokeswoman for state Sen. Pam
Galloway.

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy likely will attend
Monday’s LaborDay parade in Wausau, a
spokesman for the Republican
congressman said today.

Organizers of the event, who initially said
no Republican lawmakers would be
welcome to participate, reversed late
Tuesday night. Marathon County Labor
Council President Randy Radtke said the
decision was prompted by local high
schools and organizations who would not
have participated in the parade.

Radtke’s statement also chastized
Republican lawmakers, including Duffy, for
wanting to appear at the event.

“We didn't start this fight in Wisconsin, but
we’re responding to anti-worker positions
and policies supported by local Republican
politicians, including those who have

complained about not being invited,”
Radtke said in the statement. “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.”

Brandon Moody, Duffy’s chief of staff, said
Duffy plans to attend a Labor Day event in
Merrill on Monday morning.

“He wants to go (to the Wausau event) and
we’re working toward that,” Moody said
“All signs point to yes.”

A spokeswoman for state Sen. Pam
Galloway, R-Wausau, said she also plans to
attend.

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Doggy is the perfect libtard voter...he constantly bitches about the economic state of toledo and lucas county...Both "strongholds" of Democrats and Union labor...willfully ignorant of the fact that Toledo and Lucas county are RUN by democrats and Unions, and have been for decades...

His solution?..VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!

Everything we've come to expect from years of communist indoctrination....

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

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