I first met Frank Wallace during the 1960s, after I was elected president of UAW Local 1309 which represented most of the Farmall workers of International Harvester Co. in Rock Island.|
It was quite apparent from the first meeting that Frank's heart was with the workers and their families.
Anyone from our local union who called upon him for advice always received a response or call back from Frank in a short time.
Throughout the years the UAW negotiated a legal service provision with the company. That is when Frank started visiting our UAW Union Halls offering advice to the members we represented.
I know of no one who was ever turned down for advice from Frank. I do remember presenting Frank a lifetime membership card from our local union as a token of our appreciation for his dedicated service. It hung on his wall so everyone could view it as they visited Frank.
There are obviously many stories the Quad-Cities Unions can share with our community. However, I felt it necessary to offer a personal viewpoint of Frank.
Frank was a long and faithful friend who offered us sound advice when called upon.
I know that I'm a better person for having known Frank Wallace.
former Illinois director of labor
Erie, IL Details
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