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KOPPES, Ron. ( ) In 1970 Koppes, who joined the union at the age of twenty-four, helped organize ESKA COMPANY INC. (THE) as a company associated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1238. He was elected vice president in 1971 and then served as president from 1972 to 1984.

In 1984 Koppes left Eska to serve as the labor liaison with United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States and retired in 2014. He was inducted into the DUBUQUE AREA LABOR HALL OF FAME in 2015.



"3 Inducted into the Dubuque Area Labor Hall of Fame, Telegraph Herald, February 8, 2015, p. 5