No Republicans at a Labor Day event?

posted at 10:45 am on August 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Via Instapundit, it looks like the unions will be sore losers for some time in Wisconsin. After losing on the public-employee union reforms, the Prosser-Kloppenburg race, and the overall recall effort, Marathon County’s Central Labor Council has decided that it doesn’t want any Republicans at its party on Labor Day. They told Sean Duffy, the Congressional Representative for the area, not to bother showing up for a spot in the parade:

Organizers of a Labor Day parade in Wausau say Republican lawmakers should not attend.

The Marathon County Central Labor Council says it does not want to invite elected officials who have “openly attacked workers’ rights” or did nothing when state workers lost most rights to collectively bargain.

The display of incredible pettiness from the Labor Council and Randy Radtke is not likely to help the union cause. Wisconsin voters were already fed up with the PEUs and the high costs they created for taxpayers, and their displays in Madison and their recall threats have not endeared them to voters, either. Now they have effectively disinvited Republicans in the area from attending the parade at all. So who will benefit from the Labor Day message now? The only people likely to show up for the event will be those Democrats who support the unions already. Instead of having an event that attempts to broaden the reach and influence of the union movement, they’ll be conducting nothing more than a concert to the choir.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the county take control of the Labor Day festivities next year from the Labor Council after this display of petulance and immaturity. And it might be worthwhile to investigate whether the Labor Council is spending funds on a partisan political event now that they have told Republicans to stay away, and whether they are complying with the appropriate regulations on such events.

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How American of them….

chai on August 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Labor Goonion Day parade.

forest on August 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Pull their tax exempt status, I am sure the fed administration will assist in that endeavor…/s

right2bright on August 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Sean Duffy should set up his own parade on the other side of the County, and promote it as a non-partisan event open to citizens of all political stripes. Seriously, the union thugs make this so easy. Bunch of idiots, they are.

holygoat on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Disgusting but not unexpected…

Khun Joe on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Have all the adults left Wisconsin?

bflat879 on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Isn’t this a violation of their rights? Heck, it may even be a HATE crime! Where’e the ACLU?

singlemalt 18 on August 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

As a conservative, attending a Labor Day parade is not at the top of my “To Do” list anyway. Let the purple shirts march with the red shirts and enjoy each other’s company.

CliffHanger on August 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

How American of them….

chai on August 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

The unions with their CPUSA and red flags with hammer and sickle would clash with Old Glory.

VibrioCocci on August 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM

You have a right to get a different job if you do not like your pay, benefits, role, treatment, etc.

WashJeff on August 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Is this satire? This can’t be happening, not in America. Wow.

visions on August 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

it looks like the unions will be sore losers for some time in Wisconsin. After losing on the public-employee union reforms, the Prosser-Kloppenburg race, and the overall recall effort, Marathon County’s Central Labor Council has decided that it doesn’t want any Republicans at its party on Labor Day. They told Sean Duffy, the Congressional Representative for the area, not to bother showing up for a spot in the parade:

Those bitter Socialists, next we’ll hear that they’re demanding all Republicans wear a white-R as an armband and tell them they can’t walk on the sidewalks but must use the gutters. Oh, and tell them to build a brick wall to close-off what will be the Republican ghetto from the rest of Madison.

Lourdes on August 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

A labor day parade? Do they really get much of an attendance at this? Too many sales at the mall and too many hotdogs to cook for most of us to go to a union promoted parade.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

You have a right to get a different job if you do not like your pay, benefits, role, treatment, etc.

WashJeff on August 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Bwahahaha!! Yeah, good luck exercising that ‘right’ in this lousy economy. Try it and you’ll soon be begging for the right to food and shelter…

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/62233.html

The U.S. Postal Service, which expects to lose $7 billion this year, spent $4.3 million on employees who did nothing in the first half of the year because of requirements in union agreements, an audit found.

Labor agreements mandate that postal employees have a certain amount of guaranteed work hours, which means that they cannot be laid off during periods of low mail volume or unplanned events like the breakdown of equipment. This leads to “standby time,” in which employees spend the day doing nothing — for example, waiting in a cafeteria or breakroom.

William Amos on August 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Ah, yes. Neo-bolshevik tolerance on full display. After all, no Republicans could ever be considered ‘working men or women.’

locomotivebreath1901 on August 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Those bitter Socialists, next we’ll hear that they’re demanding all Republicans wear a white-R as an armband and tell them they can’t walk on the sidewalks but must use the gutters. Oh, and tell them to build a brick wall to close-off what will be the Republican ghetto from the rest of Madison.

Lourdes on August 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I don’t mean to sound overly-sensitive…but the ghetto analogy probably isn’t the best way to go.
Obviously-I loathe unions.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

And it might be worthwhile to investigate whether the Labor Council is spending funds on a partisan political event now that they have told Republicans to stay away, and whether they are complying with the appropriate regulations on such events.

Yes, it would be worthwhile.

tinkerthinker on August 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Pull their tax exempt status.

right2bright on August 29, 2011 at 10:52 AM

This.

Fallon on August 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

I’ve never minded watching a movement, which has long abused it’s power, commit public seppuku.

a capella on August 29, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Ed: can you please provide an update with an e-mail link so that HA readers could constructively express our opinions to the parade organizers? Thx!!

Khun Joe on August 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Have all the adults left Wisconsin?

We’re still here, quietly waiting for the concealed carry law to kick in.

Logboy on August 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Randy Radtke? Any relation to ACORN’s Wade Radtke? Dale Radtke?

DANEgerus on August 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Very well then, no Democrats at 4th of July events.

A Balrog of Morgoth on August 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Labor Day is a joke. It’s like having a holiday for high taxes or psoriasis.

“Closed for Gout Day.”

Akzed on August 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Have all the adults left Wisconsin?

bflat879 on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

No! The adults are running Wisconsin!

And the children don’t like it.

PackerBronco on August 29, 2011 at 11:15 AM

But the president was just on my tv saying something about putting country ahead of party. Guess he ain’t invited either.

Just A Grunt on August 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Have all the adults left Wisconsin?

bflat879 on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Democrats left…and went to IL.

WashJeff on August 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Wish I lived there…I would go out to the parade to abuse and mock the Democraps and their loser thug-minions from the SEIU. And drink beer.

Jaibones on August 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

One can only wish them greater and greater self isolation. It reminds me of the old joke of a robber shouting, “Stop, or I’ll kill me!”

Mason on August 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Now if only politicians would take Labor Day OFF…

meci on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Great. Let’s co-opt Labor Day as Unemployment Awareness Day.

Unions – 7% of population
Unemployed – 9% of population.

John Deaux on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Unions are losing membership and nothing is going to stop that. These little socialist-communist labor union goons should be banned from participating in any government function.

ObamatheMessiah on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Sean Duffy should set up his own parade on the other side of the County, and promote it as a non-partisan event open to citizens of all political stripes. Seriously, the union thugs make this so easy. Bunch of idiots, they are.

holygoat on August 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Good luck getting the union cops to approve that.

slickwillie2001 on August 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

It’s okay, the Republicans will be busy working, anyway.

Yes, even on a holiday. I do it all the time.

Neo on August 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Duffy ought to show up anyway, film crew in tow. Maybe have a bunch of supporters on hand with their camera phones, too. What are the unions going to do – physically force him out of the parade? Oh, wouldn’t THAT be lovely to have on film!

ss396 on August 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

And the headline the next day will read “Republicans snub middle class and fail to show up for wonderful Labor Day festivities”

Mo_mac on August 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Marathon County’s Central Labor Council

Comrad?

MNHawk on August 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

And it might be worthwhile to investigate whether the Labor Council is spending funds on a partisan political event now that they have told Republicans to stay away, and whether they are complying with the appropriate regulations on such events.

Well, if 0bama can buy a $2MM Canadian-made bus and cruise around campaigning on the US taxpayer’s dime, then I don’t think they will have any trouble getting away with this in WI.

iurockhead on August 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Radke? Any relation to Acorn thieves Dale and Wade Radke?

Their DNA is scary.

PattyJ on August 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Labor Day = May Day

petefrt on August 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Labor Day is a joke. It’s like having a holiday for high taxes or psoriasis.

Akzed on August 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

+100

petefrt on August 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The Marathon County Central Labor Council says it does not want to invite elected officials who have “openly attacked workers’ rights union boss privileges” or did nothing when state workers union bosses lost most rights privileges to collectively bargain extort taxpayers.

More accurate.

Count to 10 on August 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Labor Day is a joke. It’s like having a holiday for high taxes or psoriasis.
Akzed on August 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Or a like having a “monopoly day” (and I don’t mean the game).

Count to 10 on August 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM

So does that mean that the organizers of the 4th of July, Memorial Day & Veterans Day events can keep Dems out?

Number 2 on August 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Who would wanna go to that crap anyway?

jonezee on August 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The butthurt of the labor unions in Wisconsin is palpable.

They don’t like it when their crap is exposed and the people tell them to stick it.

teke184 on August 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Parades are dumb.

SouthernGent on August 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

What did you expect at the American equivalent to May Day (Communist version)?

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Children

cmsinaz on August 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Ding ding ding mo mac

cmsinaz on August 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Screw them . . . who wants to be associated with them and their petty crap?

rplat on August 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

The local county GOP is wondering if the city will pull its support from the “Democrat-only” event.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/union-thugs-ban-wisconsin-gop-lawmakers-from-labor-day-parade

jdawg on August 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Great. Let’s co-opt Labor Day as Unemployment Awareness Day.

Unions – 7% of population
Unemployed – 9% of population.

John Deaux on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I love this idea! Dang, I wish now I had a blog of my own to publicize it. :-(

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Absolutely amazing that these inordinately highly paid government teat suckers and business killers, think their ideas, attitudes and work ethic represent workers and laborers across the country engaged in every endeavor. They’re only 10% of total employment and half of them — public employees — get compensation upwards of 70% more than their private counterparts.

It’s not a Labor Day Parade, it’s a Leech Day Parade.

(Apologies to union members for the generalization — not all unions members fit this description.)

Dusty on August 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I love this idea! Dang, I wish now I had a blog of my own to publicize it. :-(

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I DO have my own blog. If I post a blurb I’ll give credit to BOTH of you.
*unlike a certain other commenter her…I don’t plagiarize*.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Eh, no biggie. I don’t think the GOP needs or wants the Goonion vote.

james23 on August 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Do you know who else doesn’t celebrate labor day? Planned Parenthood…

right2bright on August 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I DO have my own blog. If I post a blurb I’ll give credit to BOTH of you.
*unlike a certain other commenter her…I don’t plagiarize*.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hi, a.l.t.! All credit for the idea goes to John Deaux — all I did was applaud. :-)

I will definitely check out your blog. I admire anyone who has the patience and stamina to keep a blog running.

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Eh, no biggie. I don’t think the GOP needs or wants the Goonion vote.

james23 on August 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Goonions, no. Rank-and-file union members disgusted at the shenanigans of their leaders and tired of being exploited by them, yes.

Mary in LA on August 29, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Great. Let’s co-opt Labor Day as Unemployment Awareness Day.

Unions – 7% of population
Unemployed – 9% of population.

John Deaux on August 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Non-workers of the world unite! </sarcasm>

Steve Eggleston on August 29, 2011 at 1:20 PM

They don’t want the RethugliKKKans spoiling their tribute to the 3 hour donut break (on time and a half).

I hear that they’re going to put Kloppie on a float wearing a bikini and a crown, and have her toss glue filled locks to the crowd.

ardenenoch on August 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM

As many of you have heard already The Marathon County Labor Council has decided not to let the Republicans in the parade this year. Here is the statement I put out:

The Wausau Labor Day Parade is a time to celebrate the working men and women of Wisconsin. It is not a political event or stop on the campaign trail. 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. 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.

Randy Radtke
President Marathon County Labor Council AFL-CIO

Sure, Union tool Randy Radtke. It’s not a political event.

The Grand Marshall of the parade is WI state Assemblywoman Donna J. Seidel (D-Wausau,WI) by the way.

FlatFoot on August 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

advice to WI GOP? check out the 501c3 of ‘Marathon County’s Central Labor Council’ since the parade is partisan the Marathon County’s Central Labor Council just lost IRS Tax Exempt status

mathewsjw on August 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

We might as well sit it out. Not like we know the words to L’Internationale anyway.

Blacklake on August 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

We might as well sit it out. Not like we know the words to L’Internationale anyway.

Blacklake on August 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

You would if you went to Rick’s… Everyone goes to Rick’s in Casablanca…

Khun Joe on August 29, 2011 at 2:35 PM

So consider it a partisan event and charge them for the police, emergency services coverage and trash pick up.

jnelchef on August 29, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Commie parade only allows commies. Shocker!

IowaWoman on August 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Meh, they’re better off staying home with the family and enjoying a barbecue.

princetrumpet on August 29, 2011 at 4:40 PM