Local Republican politicians will now be allowed to take part in Wausau, Wisconsin's Labor Day festivities. The Marathon County Labor Council had originally banned Republican politicians from the event, arguing that the legislators do not support workers considering the recent anti-union laws being pushed for and passed in the state.
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple first demanded that evenyone be included, but later changed his tone and said the ban could remain if the union group reimbursed the city for certain costs of the event, including the deployment of traffic cops, the stages and insurance premiums. Today, the council's president said local Republican politicians will be allowed at the event.
“We didn't start this fight in Wisconsin, but were responding to anti-worker positions and policies supported by local Republican politicians, including those who have complained about not being invited,” Randy Ratdke said, according to the Wausau Daily Herald. “With the track records that (those politicians) have all put together this year, they should be ashamed to even show their faces at a Labor Day parade.”