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President Obama to Return to Labor Fest

Barack Obama will be back in Milwaukee on Monday.

He’ll be making his third stop at Labor Fest, on the Summerfest grounds.

Obama appeared at the event during his 2008 campaign, and again in 2010. The latter appearance was just a couple months before Gov. Scott Walker was elected, then introduced Act 10, the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

Labor Fest will take place from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Monday. It will be preceded by a parade, which steps off at 11:00 a.m. at Zeidler Union Square Park, according to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO website.

Specifics about the president’s stop have not yet been made public.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke plans to meet with Obama during his Milwaukee visit. But she won’t join him on stage, for the official White House appearance. Burke’s spokesman Joe Zepecki says Burke is hopeful the president will come back to Wisconsin for a campaign event in coming weeks.

Gov. Walker says he will not greet Obama during the visit. According to Walker’s spokeswoman Laurel Patrick, Walker will be spending Labor Day with his family, before the campaign season heats up.

Ann-Elise Henzl became News Director in September 2017.