Republican Lawmakers Participation Labor Day

Republican Lawmakers Participation Labor Day
As a Republican, state Sen. Pam Galloway knows, it might be uncomfortable as the rain this weekend's Labor Day parade in Wisconsin. Threat of troublemakers can not, however, prevents him from the event.

Labor rights, a thorny issue in some states, many Republican lawmakers must decide whether it is politically experts to participate in events Labor Day. Community meetings usually allow politicians to meet and shake hands with voters, who have a party. But the feeling would be different this year, when the crowd can be very vocal to express their dissatisfaction over Republican moves to restrict the rights of workers.

"I'm sure there will be people who are not happy to see me there," Galloway told the Associated Press. "But you know, I have a lot of good fans, too."

In Wisconsin, some lawmakers who supported the governor, Scott Walker moves to restrict the rights of collective bargaining are treading carefully. Walker did not attend the event Labour Day. The spokesman said the governor to spend the day with his family when it does traditionally.

Working groups are still vehemently angry about a new law, Wisconsin, according to which public sector workers have lost their biggest collective bargaining rights, and is still contributing to their health care and pensions. The measure was an unprecedented wave of protests in the Capitol, and two Republican state senators were recalled to support. Walker Hound protesters continue to chant, even non-political events.

In Ohio, where a new law this year, it also restricts collective bargaining rights for over 350,000 public sector workers. Governor John Kasich plans to issue a proclamation in honor of Labor Day, a spokesman, but there were no plans to leave amid the crowds on Labor Day parades and picnics.

One of the activities of the group still in Wausau, Wisconsin for more than a grudge against the new law. Marathon County Labor Council has sought to ban Galloway and other Republican lawmakers on Monday, a parade, but the group finally backed down after the mayor has threatened not to cover the ', event or other insurance costs.

However, even after the Labor Board reversed, President Randy Radtke received a blow to Galloway, Walker and U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy for making "anti-labor positions."

"They should be ashamed to show their faces, even in a Labor Day parade," he said in a statement. "... Let's let the whole world in March and hope that these Republican politicians finally take some lessons what it means to Labor Day."

An officer working loved the idea of ​​banning the event on Labor Day Republican.

"Do you think that would have left the American Legion Jane Fonda in a parade on Memorial Day? Not a chance in hell I was going to happen," said Marty Beil, executive director of the State of Wisconsin employees. "How is it different from the work saying:" Duffy, do not walk in the parade? "

But this attitude is not going to prevent the Congress, a spokesman Brandon Moody said. Duffy still intend to participate in the parade this year in Wausau, as it did last year, said Moody.

"We are concerned that the level of political discourse is delegated Yes," said Moody. "But it's a fun family event and it will treat it that way."

Wisconsin, the top two GOP lawmakers also planned to attend the Labor Day events. Assembly President Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon and his brother, leader of the majority of the Senate Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, will participate in the parade attended Randolph even last year, his spokesman.

Other Republicans planned to stay away from hand-events. State Rep. Robin Your told the AP that he would participate in a line service, if there was one, but he was not sure you want to attend the Labor Day in Racine, "because most people who go to these events are hardcore Democratic activists. "

Most of the working groups said the GOP lawmakers are more than welcome to come to their events. Sheila Cochran, secretary-treasurer at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, said Republicans would participate, but noted that they are rarely presented in previous years, and is not expected this year.

Hinderholtz Rich, president of Racine Festival work in the area, said Sen. Vos and Van Wanggaard were invited. Wanggaard He received a civilian when he came last year as a candidate.

"I'm not sure what kind of reception to expect in these circumstances," said Hinderholtz.

Wang court spokesman Scott Kelly said the senator probably could not participate due to a scheduling conflict. But if Mr. Wang's firm Kelly speculated that he would get a reception that "I think, would be more sympathetic." Republican Lawmakers Participation Labor Day