Wausau mayor to unions: Pay up if you ban Republicans from Labor Day parade

posted at 11:25 am on August 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday I wrote about the decision by the Marathon County Labor Council to ban Republicans from the Wausau, Wisconsin parade on Labor Day.  The mayor of Wausau has responded with an ultimatum to the union board — reimburse the city for all costs or reinvite the Republicans.  WSAW reports on Jim Tipple’s challenge to the union activists and the potential for an end to the Labor Day parade altogether:

A parade organizer with the Marathon County Labor Council made it clear some Republican lawmakers aren’t invited. The reason: not supporting workers’ collective bargaining rights back in February.

But Mayor Jim Tipple says because the city of Wausau pays for a portion of the parade’s costs including liability insurance, the event is required to be non-partisan.

“The city does sponsor the parade[,] we have staff that close streets put up barricades police protection,’ says Tipple.

Tipple issued this statement:

The City is a co-sponsor of the Labor Day parade event, because we provided the payment for the insurance premium for the event, and we agreed to erect a stage and provide city services at no cost to the Marathon County Central Labor Council.

The banning of a political party from participation at any event co-sponsored by the City is against public policy and not in the best interest of all the citizens of the City of Wausau. And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs.

WSAW’s report indicates that Tipple and the labor board have entered into negotiations over the direction of the Labor Day event, and the mayor thinks it will be resolved shortly. I’m guessing that after blowing tens of millions of dollars on failed recall efforts, the unions won’t have a lot of cash to reimburse Wausau for its costs, and that Republicans will once again be invited to participate in the parade. That should set up this event as something to watch on an otherwise slow news day.

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HAHAHA

artist on August 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM

This should be interesting…don’t think I would be bringing small children…

lovingmyUSA on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

The whole thing will turn into a protest. It will get ugly. I’d buy a ticket to see that event.

NJ Red on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Watch out for rotten eggs and pails of water along the parade route

Good for the mayor

cmsinaz on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

If the left wants to ban the GOP from labor day festivities because we’re “anti-union”, then by their own logic, they shoud be banned from celebrating Christmas. If they truly want to be fair, they should also give back all their x-mas presents, and reimburse their current and former employers for paid time off for a religious holiday, a religion they despise and don’t even follow.

viviliberoomuori on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

The union will cave and then disrupt the entire parade.

I don’t see a happy ending…….

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Good for the Mayor.

If those thugs want to have their own little pity parade for free, let them pull their floats around the union hall parking lot.

BacaDog on August 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Thank you mayor Tipple! Don’t let the union thugs win again.
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letget on August 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

They can’t take their ball and go home, either!

Wahmbulance needed in Wausau!

BobMbx on August 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Sad

Youngs98 on August 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I think that being a Republican in that parade will be like carrying the cross. You’ll have to be stoic and say to yourself “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM

WSAW’s report indicates that Tipple and the labor board have entered into negotiations over the direction of the Labor Day event, and the mayor thinks it will be resolved shortly. I’m guessing that after blowing tens of millions of dollars on failed recall efforts, the unions won’t have a lot of cash to reimburse Wausau for its costs, and that Republicans will once again be invited to participate in the parade. That should set up this event as something to watch on an otherwise slow news day.

I’ll make you a bet, Ed. The unionistas will not reinvite the Pubbies.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Labor day doesn’t just mean honoring Union labor. There are more non-union laborers out there than labor union members .

sandee on August 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Ed, is Tipple a D or an R? Can’t find that info anywhere.

either orr on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Show up anyway and force your way on stage. You will be a YouTube Star…

RedSoxNation on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Cost of city’s liability insurance just went waaaaay up.

BacaDog on August 30, 2011 at 11:38 AM

They will be invited, than intimidated, moved to the back of the parade…how many tomatoes, fruit, rocks, will be thrown. But, if they want a volunteer, I will walk for them and take the hit…

right2bright on August 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Are there goons going through Tipple’s garbage and protesting at his house yet?

forest on August 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The union will cave and then disrupt the entire parade.

I don’t see a happy ending…….

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Look at the long term benefits. A closer look at union tactics and in-ranks squabbling between those who want to allow Republicans and the hard core who insist on defying the mayor. You just know there will be physical confrontations……on video!

a capella on August 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Does the union leadership forget that there are Republicans who are already reluctant union members? Can they not attend, either?
I smell revolt.

tomg51 on August 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The Republicans will be invited, and than mobbed and physically attacked while there.

I hope the cameras are running to put all the “new civility” on display for all to see.

How much you wanna bet Tomatoes will be thrown?

portlandon on August 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I’d hand out applications at the event. They’d be Burger King applications. Over there you can “have it your way”.

Black Adam on August 30, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Ed, is Tipple a D or an R? Can’t find that info anywhere.

either orr on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Unknown; mayor is a non-partisan office in Wisconsin.

Let’s see if I can find donation records.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Do they have union chickens laying the eggs that will be on their face, or will it be union crow served up to eat?

singlemalt 18 on August 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Ed, is Tipple a D or an R? Can’t find that info anywhere.
either orr on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Alas, so far the only thing I could find, FWIW, is a comment on a message board that Tipple may have run for office as an independent.

aunursa on August 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I’d revoke the permit contingent on receipt of the PAID insurance policy. ;)

golfmann on August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Another *popcorn* event.

IowaWoman on August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

This:

The union will cave and then disrupt the entire parade.

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

seems a lot more likely than this, IMHO:

The unionistas will not reinvite the Pubbies.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Steve, I admit you’re right there and you know the unions better than most here, but wouldn’t it make more sense for them to go the fullblown spoilsport route? I’d look for a major tantrum in any case.

jwolf on August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Ed, is Tipple a D or an R? Can’t find that info anywhere.

either orr on August 30, 2011 at 11:37 AM

No donation records from either the FEC (covering federal politics) or Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (covering state politics).

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Isn’t the percentage of union labor in non-government jobs something like 8%? Eliminate closed shop policies and the unions will be gone in no time.

Man it must be tough to have to tow the union line and also be scorned by so many people that are not in support of unions. You would think people under that kind of pressure people would lash out…

DanMan on August 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

From a local blogger:

Municipal offices like mayor, city council member and county board supervisor in Wisconsin are all nonpartisan. Some make few bones about where they land, but Mayor Tipple is about as nonpartisan as they come. I never even met him until the night he was elected in 2004 and I’ve been hanging around politics in this town since the early 1980s. Nevertheless, I found Jim Tipple easy to get along with and we worked together well. By 2008, I was working on his re-election campaign and I still can’t tell you which way he leans on a partisan basis.

We had a beer together Saturday and I don’t recall if the Labor Day topic even came up, but I think Tipple may be the best possible person to arbitrate a disagreement like the parade snit. That’s because beyond not being partisan, Tipple is not even very political. Neither fish nor fowl, he does a far better than average job of avoiding controversies and he’s not ego-driven. I would say that his philosophy is pretty much encapsulated by that famous Rodney King quote: “Please, can we all just get along here?”

aunursa on August 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

It wont be pretty, even if the R’s are re-invited. But kudos to the Mayor for using the rules. In the same way that the D’s were allowed to camp out and turn the Capitol Building into a squatters camp due to it being a “Public Building” and open to all, they should not be allowed to use city funds to pay for their parade. Its obvious they have no common sense or enough intelligence to understand that the rules they put in place, accepting public funds, allows the government to dictate your inclusion, thoughts and actions in regards to whatever it is funding. Welcome to big government.

Koa on August 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

meh…too many people

DanMan on August 30, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I hope the cameras are running to put all the “new civility” on display for all to see.

How much you wanna bet Tomatoes will be thrown?

portlandon on August 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

but the question is, will the lsm actually show it?

cmsinaz on August 30, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I’ll make you a bet, Ed. The unionistas will not reinvite the Pubbies.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I hope you are correct and they pay for the whole parade. I also hope the citizens of Wausau do not attend. A community picnic for the citizens of Wausau on the other side of town celebrating Labor Day would be nice. :)

IowaWoman on August 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

The Wisconsion-based scumbag unions are really showing their true colors in the wake of their most recent electoral failures. The Messmer School protest of Scott Walker was pathetic beyond belief, and now this idiotic move.

Wake up union rank and file … these vermin are the public face of your organizations. Consider the possibility that something is wrong.

Jaibones on August 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I hope Republicans in droves just flat out refuse to partake in this. Don’t go where you’re not wanted, and see how few really turn out for it.

capejasmine on August 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Shut it down. Labor Day parades are mostly leftist claptrap nowadays, anyway.

Ward Cleaver on August 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Those Wisconsin hippies are all class.

Moesart on August 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I always thought Labor Day was a holiday honoring the American worker, regardless of union membership. The unions are telling the American worker, “We don’t want you in ‘our’ parade if we don’t like your politics.” Childish and churlish.

RebeccaH on August 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

jwolf on August 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I’ve gotta agree.

Just because union leaders are smart enough to recognize the obvious (since the Mayor has pointed it out to them) doesn’t mean their entire membership is mature enough to be civil–and in fact, will certainly not be.

In fact, I suspect that the original plan was to celebrate Union Labor in an almost Wellstone-Memorial kind of orgy of petulance and self-congratulation. The need to invite republicans will not prevent it. I think they will just go so far over the top that they will make all who don’t worship at the same throne so uncomfortable that they’ll leave. (similar in degree, not style, to the parades San Fran Nan marches in back home.)

rwenger43 on August 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Shut it down. Labor Day parades are mostly leftist claptrap nowadays, anyway.

Ward Cleaver on August 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Stage a Tea Party down the street with hot dogs, free American flags, and ballons. Oh, and have a dunk tank and shooting gallery where you give out prizes. Watch the goon-ions heads explode.

VegasRick on August 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

So Mr. Mayor…that’s a nice town you got there…be a shame if something happen to it…

…signed Teachers Union…

PatriotRider on August 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The difference between the parties is how they react should the opposition get reinvited. The union thugs will boo, throw things and act like spoiled children. Republicans would be ashamed if their members acted like that. Dems see that as an act to be proud of.

They’ll film it themselves and put it on Youtube.

John Deaux on August 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The City is a co-sponsor of the Labor Day parade event, because we provided the payment for the insurance premium for the event, and we agreed to erect a stage and provide city services at no cost to the Marathon County Central Labor Council.

Really?

Is that their response to every group that wants to have a get-together?

TexasDan on August 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The Wisconsin unions are getting rolled on every level…from the Gov to the legislature to the small town mayor. They are taking a pounding.

dczombie on August 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Perry-Palin/Tipple

docflash on August 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM

In a sense, it’s perfect snapshot of the problem we have with unions in general.

The rank and file represent one ‘mindset’ of society, their ‘leadership’ another.

It would be nice if some of the former would pay more attention to what the latter is doing (or not doing).

Unfortunately I can’t recall a single instance where the ‘Joe Union’-types cleaned their out their respective houses.

There’s a lesson in that fact.

CPT. Charles on August 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Perfect. A bunch of spoiled rotten, demanding little brats. If they don’t get what they want, the destroy life for others, until they get what they want.

The WH, and msm’s start taking these threats seriously, against innocent people in 5, 4, 3 oooooh who are we kidding. They’ll NEVER do anything about this, so long as they’re doing the dirty work for the libs.

capejasmine on August 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Well played, Mayor. Thank you for having integrity. For you progs, that unfamiliar word if found somewhere between infidelity and irrational. Hmm, I presume too much that they would know those either, don’t I?

Freelancer on August 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

For the sake of the rank-and-file union members who are just opening their eyes. A small band of cheerful, polite Republicans waving Old Glory and applauding, then picking up their trash at the end of the parade, vs. a loud, angry, slovenly bunch of protesters shouting vile epithets and leaving garbage everywhere? Gotta love that visual. :-)

Mary in LA on August 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Maybe the city should not be subsidizing the parade in the first place?

petefrt on August 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM

This episode should have opened up some eyes in regular folks. If not, they are truly ‘dead’.

The long term ramification should be worse than eggs on their (Union) face.

Sir Napsalot on August 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

This is gonna get violent. Hope and change!

lonestar1 on August 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I’m guessing that after blowing tens of millions of dollars on failed recall efforts, the unions won’t have a lot of cash to reimburse Wausau for its costs, and that Republicans will once again be invited to participate in the parade.

WI public unions can always be depended upon to act like utter morons.

You blew millions trying to ignore the will of the electorate you collossal dipsh!ts…..please feel free to blow more – the only people that you’re fooling are yourselves.

Tim_CA on August 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

We need a poll to bet on the likelyhood of riots. I’m betting high possibility.

Snake307 on August 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

We need a poll to bet on the likelyhood of riots. I’m betting high possibility.

Snake307 on August 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It’s off the board as it’s a certainty.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM

For the sake of the rank-and-file union members who are just opening their eyes. A small band of cheerful, polite Republicans waving Old Glory and applauding, then picking up their trash at the end of the parade, vs. a loud, angry, slovenly bunch of protesters shouting vile epithets and leaving garbage everywhere? Gotta love that visual. :-)

Mary in LA on August 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Amen Mary!

Tim Zank on August 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

the Republicans should have just disrupted the parade and harrassed the route by blocking it holding hands and singing…

Oh wait, that’s right, Republicans have lives….

SDarchitect on August 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Yes, the separation of Church (Big Labor) and State is the way it should be, according to our Constitution. Big Labor has made their ideology into a religion, so why should they be any different than a religious holiday parade trying to keep out Muslims? (Yes, I’m having fun with this…:)

DL13 on August 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Alinsky: Force your opponent to play by his own rules.

Kafir on August 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Common Sense Solutions from Wisconsin. Pay attention!

psychocyber on August 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Funniest thing I have seen today: in the video, wandering amidst the marching band ranks, the Marching Band Hydration Technician squirting fluid into a drummer’s mouth. LOL, it must be hot in the upper mid-west!

ExpressoBold on August 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

To take a Victory lap.

muahahahahaaaa

FlatFoot on August 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Is Mayor Tipple a Republican?

Steve Z on August 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM

It doesn’t matter if Republicans go or not.
It’s the principle.
Well done, Mayor.

bridgetown on August 30, 2011 at 12:57 PM

From a local blogger:

We had a beer together Saturday and I don’t recall if the Labor Day topic even came up, but I think Tippleing may be the best possible person way to arbitrate a disagreement like the parade snit.

aunursa on August 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Maybe it will work better this time, summitly speaking.

Barnestormer on August 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

To take a Victory lap.

muahahahahaaaa

FlatFoot on August 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

.
Among the funniest things I have read today!

ExpressoBold on August 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

For all the Democrats bluster, it seems that politicians are finding that fighting the unions is a winning strategy.

pat on August 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM

How sweet it is!

Mason on August 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Suggested entry for ANY parade: http://bit.ly/mW2mn1

probably make some heads explode, too
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CaveatEmpty on August 30, 2011 at 1:21 PM

It’s more like a May Day celebration, Labor Day is for working people, not public employee unions.

gbear on August 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

The union will cave and then disrupt the entire parade.

I don’t see a happy ending…….

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

A good reason to junk the parade all together.

elfman on August 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I’m late to this thread, so hope I’m not repeating, but as a practical matter, how would they go about that anyway? Are the republicans in Wawsau required to wear yellow arm bands or something?

surrounded on August 30, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Because they should capitalize on any opportunity to communicate their point of view to the people. Why allow the union to be the only voice heard?

cheeflo on August 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Big labor hijacked Labor Day for their own when it was meant to celebrate the American worker. True labor, unsubsidized by the government, is the engine of this economy. What else is produced from the skills of American workers? Taxes. Therefore, Labor Day should be called Taxpayer Day. Done.

pjean on August 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM

And here’s a taste of what’s coming.

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM

The comments were teh awesome!

John the Libertarian on August 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM

And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs.

Doesn’t exactly sound like an ultimatum to me.

pain train on August 30, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Wouldn’t it be awesome, if when Palin and/or Perry are sworn in, in January 2013, they come out with a campaign to raise taxes on…unions. After all, unions are rich and have plenty of money. They can afford to pay more than their fair share.

Tax unions!

BruthaMan on August 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Tax unions!
BruthaMan on August 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Throw in “tax the entertainment industry” while you’re at it.

ya2daup on August 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Preditions:

Union thugs will engage in violence, vandalism, disruption, and over all bad behavior, and the press will not promote such a story, but will virtually ignore it, or downplay it altogether.

Leftists-Liberals will all downplay their bad behavior, and condemn Republicans for their participation in the parade, making them out to be the bad guys.

William2006 on August 30, 2011 at 3:44 PM

But, as long as they eventually back down on this one point, we’ll still proceed with the charade that they are not a political organization.

O….K.

logis on August 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Labor day doesn’t just mean honoring Union labor. There are more non-union laborers out there than labor union members .

sandee on August 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Surely, but it was started by organized labor in the late 1800s and the actual date has to do with the Pullman Strike.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Assuming there are a few Tea Party Folks in Wisconsin, they should throw a big cookout on a nice piece of farmland while the goons are jumping up and down intown.

David in ATL on August 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Why would Republicans want to participate in Uniongoon Day events?

Akzed on August 30, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Spite… I’d do it in a heartbeat… think of the readymade campaign commercials…

Khun Joe on August 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Teachers just had three months of “Labor Day”, this holiday isn’t about them or any other public servant.

lowandslow on August 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM

WSAW’s report indicates that Tipple and the labor board have entered into negotiations over the direction of the Labor Day event, and the mayor thinks it will be resolved shortly.

Everything with unions has to be “negotiated”. Screw them. Just tell ‘em; Repubs are invited, pay up or no parade. Period. Take your pick but those are the choices. You have no bargaining chips at all. No “negotiation” needed.

Big John on August 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM