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Dubuque's unions name grand marshal for annual Labor Day parade

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque's annual Labor Day parade celebrates the Key City's labor union-rich history and present.

This year, members of Dubuque's United Labor Participation Committee selected long-time local Teamsters leader Dave Baker as the parade's grand marshal.

Baker started with the Teamsters Union in 1976, as a truck driver and warehouseman at Continental-Hoxie in Dubuque, according to a release from Dubuque's ULPC.

Baker has served the union in many roles over the years, including as a trustee on the executive board of Teamsters Local 421 in 1990 and later as president and principal officer of Local 421.

As full-time business agent for Local 421, a position he held for some 22 years, Baker negotiated more than 300 collective bargaining agreements. His contracts provided his Teamsters members with fair and equitable wages, fringe benefits and working conditions.

Baker also served as president of the 12,000-member Iowa Conference of Teamsters and Teamsters Joint Council 45, having been elected by the delegates from Teamsters Local Unions throughout Iowa. Baker has also held several positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Central Conference of Teamsters.

Six years ago, Local 421 was merged into Teamsters Local 120, which is a large regional local union. At that point, Baker continued serving as elected business agent and eastern Iowa director.

While Baker is now no longer serving as business agent, he continues to be active in the union, serving as vice president of the ULPC, as delegate to the Dubuque Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) Committee and in numerous community and charitable organizations.

Dubuque's annual Labor Day parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 1 in downtown Dubuque

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