For Dan and Sandy Kremer, volunteering for pro-worker causes is “not just our civic duty, it’s part of our life”. For the last 47 years, Dan and Sandy have voted in every election. “We’ve been super-voters ever since we had the right to be,” said Dan. Both Sandy and Dan worked to elect Congressman Conor Lamb in March of this year. “It was pretty intense, but we did everything necessary to get him elected.” They’ve walked in canvasses, phone banked, registered voters and educated people on the importance of absentee ballot voting.
Across Westmoreland, Fayette, Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties, Dan and Sandy are active in grassroots organizations and volunteers, including for their Greater Westmoreland Central Labor Council. Together, Sandy and Dan are taking civic duty and community engagement to a new level.
Dan spent three decades with the United Mine Workers of America Local 1248 in the Maple Creek Mine in Washington County, before going for retraining at age 53 to become a respiratory therapist. Sandy comes from a UMWA family, where her father was President of UMWA Local 8123. When they’re not working to elect pro-worker representatives, Dan and Sandy are advocating to protect pensions and healthcare for retired miners. They’ve traveled to St. Louis, Kentucky and Washington D.C to talk to legislators and demonstrate with their UMWA union family.
The member-to-member Labor 2018 program relies on the dedication and commitment of hard-working brothers and sisters like Sandy and Dan. The only way that we can elect pro-union officials like Governor Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Bibiana Boerio (PA-14) and so many others, is to get out and talk to our fellow Union members.