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Labor council backs off Republican ban at Labor Day Parade

Marchers in a Labor Day parade.
Marchers in a Labor Day parade.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Marathon County's Labor Council has backed off on a decision to deny Republican lawmakers from this weekend's Labor Day Parade in Wausau.

In a statement released early this morning, President Randy Radtke said that “[we] were responding to anti-worker positions and policies supported by local Republican politicians, including those who have complained about not being invited.” He said that people like Pam Galloway, Sean Duffy, Governor Walker and Jerry Petrowski should be ashamed to even ask to march in the Parade.

Radtke says the move has generated support and conversation about Labor Day, like they hoped it would. “We will let everyone march and hope these Republican politicians finally take away some lessons about what Labor Day really means.”

Wausau mayor Jim Tipple said on Monday that the Council would either have to allow everyone the right to march in the parade or else pay for the city services to secure the event.