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DILLON, Patrick

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DILLON, Patrick. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 23, 1939- ). President, United Auto Workers Local 94. Dillon began work at the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS in 1960 as a machine operator and first ran for a union position in 1963. In 1967 Dillon was elected a trustee. He was elected vice-president of the local in 1969 and began his first term as president of Dubuque's largest union in 1971. In December 1992 Dillion announced that he would not seek re-election the following June.

Dillon helped form the Dubuque United Labor Participation Committee in 1978. In 1985 he attended the prestigious National Issues Forum in Boston. Often listed among the ten most influential people in Dubuque, Dillon held many leadership positions in Dubuque organizations. He served on the board of trustees of the United Way and HMO. Dillon also served on the Civil Service Commission, GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Board, executive board of the United Labor Participation Committee, Human Rights Commission, and the Tri-States Alcohol Drug Abuse Committee. Dillon was vice-president of Dubuque’s 1976 Bicentennial Committee.

He was inducted into the DUBUQUE AREA LABOR HALL OF FAME in 2003.



Japsen, Bruce. "Dillon Stepping Down," Telegraph Herald, December 15, 1992, p. 1