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GROGAN, John. (Valentine, NB-Dubuque, IA, Mar. 30, 1970). President, Dubuque Federation of Labor and business agent for Local 1238 of the International Association of Machinists. Grogan began his machinist's job at the A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY in 1934. He was elected the local lodge's business agent in 1943 for the Machinists' District Executive Board and district representative with the Iowa Federation of Labor.(1)

Prior to his retirement in September 1969, Grogan had compiled twenty-five years of service as the business representative of the machinists' union and over thirty-five years of continuous membership in the organization. He remained president of the Dubuque Federation of Labor until December 1969--his third consecutive term as president. Grogan also had held the office of federation vice-president.

Prior to the 1953 merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations, Grogan served as president of the DUBUQUE TRADES AND LABOR CONGRESS. (2) For ten years he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Dubuque Leader newspaper.

Grogan worked as a machinist from 1934 to 1943 when he was elected business agent for the Machinists District Executive Board and district representative with the Iowa Federation of Labor.

He was a charter member of the DUBUQUE AREA LABOR HALL OF FAME.



1. Grogan, 62, Retires from Union Position," Telegraph Herald, August 1, 1969, p. 8

2. Ibid.