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MARQUETTE — One U.P. veteran went above and beyond to show his support for the nurses yesterday during the strike.
Retired Vietnam veteran and iron worker Jim Saint Peter felt he needed to be at the picket line to support a fellow union.
The problem was he’s been wheelchair bound for 15 years.
He was at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette miles away from the strike.
So, he left in his electric wheelchair.
John Lavallee is a retired iron worker. He says, “He took his powered wheel chair and left the Jacobetti Home and got to Front Street, went down Front Street to the Vierling and our union offices are above the Vierling. So, Jimmy parked his wheelchair, made it up the stairs and a couple of our good brother business agents carried him back down the stairs, loaded his wheel chair into the back of his pickup and hauled him up here because he had to be here to support the nurses.”
St. Peter says, “Because that’s what they fought for. Men fought for unions, they died for it. And now they need respect. They’re doing a good job and they shouldn’t be letting this stuff get in their way.”
St. Peter’s wife is a retired nurse.