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DICK STURGEON
WORKERS HAVE RIGHTS TOO 
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Labor History of Dick Sturgeon

I was born into a Union family. My dad was an official with the Packing House Workers.

After being put out of work with the closing of the Armour plant I was hired at Sioux Tools ( then Albertson’s) in 1962 as a drill press operator. My first office with the Machinists Union was as Union Steward. I was elected to the Shop Committee and then as Shop Chairman.

I served as the Recording Secretary for Local 1426 and later as President of the local.

In December of 1968 I was elected as Business Representative and took office in January of 1969. I served as Business Representative and Directing Business Representative until 1985 when the Sioux City office of the Machinists was closed.

I worked for the Smith and Smith Law Office from 1985 until the fall of 1989. I worked for two years for the U.E. Union in the New England states.

I worked for attorney Al Sturgeon from 1991 until 1999 and the Carter Law Firm from 1999 until the present. I handled labor matters for these law firms.

I have also served the members of the Machinists Union as a representative on several board and commissions, including the Boys Club, Sky Way Commissions, Woodbury Labor Council, Iowa State council of Machinists, Midwest Council Of Machinist and several others. I was the Recording Secretary for the Iowa State Council of Machinists.

The members of the Machinists Union invested in training me by allowing me to attend classes on time study, arbitration, negotiations and labor law courses.

Since 1991 I have served as a Workers’ Advocate for a non profit organization called Workers’ Have Rights Too. I have used the training and experience gained while serving the Machinists Union members. We have been able to help thousands of workers over the last ten years. We pay no wages. My Machinists Union pension allows me to devote additional time to the work of Workers’ Have Rights Too.

To the members of the Machinists Union I want to send along a big thank you. The 16 years that I served you were some of the greatest times of my life. I feel very fortunate that I was allowed to serve you and to now use the training and experience to serve others.

My slogan has always been "Working Hard For Hard Working People". 

A SIDE NOTE: DICKS SLOGAN, "WORKING HARD FOR WORKING PEOPLE" IS STILL THE SLOGAN OF OUR LODGE.

ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF OUR LODGE, THANK YOU DICK FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SEND ME YOUR HISTORY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY DEDICATED YEARS TO THE LABOR MOVEMENT.

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