Perhaps City Council president Randy Radtke should simultaneously invite those political opponents of labor, while encouraging residents to make them "feel right at home" marching with union members past and present.
From WSAW, WAOW,
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. And while Mayor Tipple is confident the conflict will be resolved in a few days, he hopes there won't be any protests on Labor Day.
Is the parade about general labor, or was it created by unions to celebrate labor rights. Republican Lawmakers are banned from a celebration that dates back to the early 1880's.
"Several union leaders in the New York City area proposed that there be a day set aside to mark the accomplishments of organized labor."
UWMC Professor James Lorence said the focus was not on politics. "Any time you put people in the street to show what kind of power they have or how many feet can put on the street, that's indirectly a political statement"
Nancy Tabaka-Stencil said “Labor day started with the unions and I personally don't belong to a union but I look at the benefits that they have done for us through the years."