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    Congratulating Walt Pregler

    by Former Representative Bruce L. Braley

    Posted on 2013-02-04

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    BRALEY of iowa in the house of representatives Monday, February 4, 2013 Mr. BRALEY of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Walt Pregler for being inducted into the Dubuque Area Labor Hall of Fame. Walt has been active in both the labor community and local politics in Dubuque since the 1950s.

    Walt worked as a Tool Room Machinist at John Deere from 1955 to 1992. After starting at John Deere, Walt became a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 94. His involvement in the UAW eventually got him involved in Dubuque city politics. In 1965, Walt was elected to the Dubuque City Council where he served for nine years. During his tenure on the City Council, Walt was elected by his colleagues to serve as Mayor in 1966 and 1969. While on the Council, Walt was able to get federal funding to build a floodwall in Dubuque. Walt had a large list of other accomplishments while on the Council including [[Page E86]] expansion of the Dubuque airport and expansion of the water treatment facilities at Eagle Point.

    Throughout his life, Walt has continued to serve Dubuque's labor community. He was a delegate to the Dubuque Federation of Labor and chaired the UAW Local 94 Cope Committee. Walt currently serves as the President of the UAW Local 94 Retiree Chapter. I congratulate Walt on his induction into the Dubuque Area Labor Hall of Fame and wish him all of the best in his future endeavors.


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