ترول ایرانی

گالری عکس

Wausau Mayor Plays Hardball With Labor Unions Over Parade

Yeah, funny thing about parade permits.

You might get them, you might be able to say who can and cannot have a float in the parade.  But the city determines how much it will cover for police protection and other aspects.

Welcome to the pickle the Marathon County Labor Council is now in.

A conflict over the annual Labor Day parade in Wausau is the latest reminder of lingering tension between organized labor and the Republican Party in Wisconsin.

Marathon County Labor Council President Randy Radtke confirmed Monday that no Republican lawmakers are welcome to participate in the organization’s Labor Day parade — a departure from procedure in previous years.

“I don’t like when politicians try to use us, use our event, for their personal gain,” Radtke said. “And that’s pretty much what they’re doing. The Republican politicians in our area don’t side with us, but now they want to make it look like they’re on our side.”

The decision to bar GOP lawmakers might mean parade organizers will lose financial support typically provided by the city of Wausau.

According to a statement issued Monday afternoon by Mayor Jim Tipple’s office, the city would require the labor council to reimburse all expenses unless the decision to prohibit a GOP presence is reversed. Tipple said he didn’t have an estimate of what an insurance premium, stage setup and takedown, and traffic control by Wausau police officers would cost.

“Hopefully, I’ll get a call back (from Radtke),” Tipple said. “I have every reason to believe the parade will go forward as it has in years past.”

No where in the article does it say what the annual Labor Day Parade will cost the city, that would have been a nice little detail to have since Marathon Co. Democrats are fighting back saying a city spokesman said over the weekend the city doesn’t pay any money for the parade.

Other media is saying Wausau pays about $2,000 of the parade’s costs.

Be Sociable, Share!