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SCHUMACHER, Melvin F. "Tink"

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SCHUMACHER, Melvin F. "Tink". An employee of the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY, Schumacher was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen of North America, Local 150. From 1944-1962, he served as president and business agent for the union. Considered a pioneer in negotiations, he helped establish the first employer-paid hospitalization insurance clause in a 1946 agreement. This was later adopted by the entire meatpacking industry in 1953.

Schumacher was a founding member of DUPACO COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION. He was inducted into the DUBUQUE AREA LABOR HALL OF FAME in 2002.

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"Three Named to Area Labor Hall of Fame, Telegraph Herald, March 13, 2002, p. 8