Published: September 2, 2011
In this Sept. 2, 2008 photo, spectators watch the Wausau East marching band make its way down Third Avenue during the Labor Day Parade in Wausau, Wis. With labor rights still a prickly subject in Wisconsin, Republican state Sen. Pam Galloway knows she might be as unwelcome as rain at the upcoming Labor Day parade in Wausau. It’s the first Labor Day since Republican Gov. Scott Walker launched what Democrats called an assault on labor, and GOP lawmakers who supported Walker’s efforts to curb certain collective-bargaining rights are treading carefully. Many are asking themselves whether it’s politically savvy to attend an event that honors labor, especially since their presence could attract the sort of vocal protesters who continue to hound Walker even at non-political events.