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Thursday, March 5, 2015

 3:20 PM 

Freshman GOP rep offers unique perspective

Freshman GOP Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum praised right-to-work while talking about his two stints as a union worker.

Kremer said he was a member of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association while a police dispatcher and later belonged to the Air Line Pilots Association.

He said the joined the ALPA because he believed the union had value and would have provided legal representation if he had been involved in an accident.

Kremer also recounted voting in 2010 to bring the union into a non-union business. He said the company, which he did not name, had been taking advantage of employees by regularly having them fly back-to-back-to-back 14-hour days and extended seven-day stays away from home to nine days. He said while management had worked with employees on occasion, there were real safety concerns and customer services issues, proclaiming "unions do serve a purpose."

"I do believe that no one, no should be coerced to join a union," Kremer said. "This is simply a matter of freedom."



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