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Friday, March 6, 2015

 4:07 AM 

Kooyenga argues against right-to-work referral

An emotional Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, talked about the tradition of garbage men in his family and the importance of unions while also arguing against right-to-work referral to the Small Business Committee.

"If I was a garbage man, I'd be in a union," he said, "because I think unions have done great things for this country."

Still, Kooyengaa said, the bill should not go to the committee. He said right-to-work is not just about small businesses, but rather worker freedom.

That freedom means no contract between two people should force a third to join, Kooyenga said. But that does not diminish the value of unions, he said.

"Unions and freedom and liberty," Kooyenga said, "can sit side by side."


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