Tea Party not welcome in
Wisconsin's Labor Day Celebration
"It is a time for working families to come together to celebrate
their hard work and a time where we recognize the labor movement for all they have given us -- the weekend, the 40 hour work week, child labor protection, a safe work environment." Radtke said
I wished that everyone who fancies wearing the Tea Party Label
would read this... Maybe it would make them realize their so
called Tea Party Leaders lie to them all the time and give little
regard to anything that is in the working-class’s favor...
"Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in
encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s
because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time."
Republican Politicians Banned From Labor Day Parade In Wisconsin
WASHINGTON -- A group of Wisconsin union officials has voted
to ban Republican politicians from a local Labor Day parade,
underscoring how partisan the state has become in the wake of
this year's clashes over collective bargaining rights.
The Marathon County Central Labor Council, which sponsors the
parade, includes some 30 local unions.
Council President Randy Radtke said in a statement on the
group's website that politicians are only welcome at the
festivities if they have demonstrated support for workers' rights.
"It should come as no surprise that organizers choose
not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked
worker's rights or stood idly by while their political party
fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively
bargain," Radtke said. "It is a time for working
families to come together to celebrate their hard work and a
time where we recognize the labor movement for all they have
given us -- the weekend, the 40 hour work week, child labor
protection, a safe work environment."
In February, the 14 Democratic members of the Wisconsin state
Senate left the state to deny their GOP colleagues a quorum
and prevent them from pushing forward Gov. Scott Walker's (R)
controversial budget repair bill, which stripped most of the
collective bargaining rights from public employees. Through a
last-minute budgetary maneuver, Republicans were able to pass
the measure. All but one GOP state senator voted for it.
On the federal level, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) represents
Wausau. In a statement to local ABC affiliate WAOW, Duffy's
office decried the labor council vote. "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," a Duffy
"[The congressman] walks in a lot of parades, and staff
called to register a spot last week and was informed in
colorful language that no Republicans were being allowed to
participate this year," added Duffy Chief of Staff
Brandon Moody in an email to The Huffington Post.
During the winter's budget fight, the congressman praised
Walker but tried to keep his distance from the governor's
stance on collective bargaining. In February, the editorial
board of the Wausau Daily Herald called his reluctance to
weigh in "just plain lame."
Radtke said the reaction to his decision has been mixed, with
"some negative comments but mostly it has been
Other politicians who won't be welcome at the parade include
state Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) and state Rep. Jerry
Petrowski (R-Marathon). MORE HERE