Dan Kelley’s long and heroic
battle against cancer is finally over. But his lifelong struggle for a
more decent world, free from the cancer of exploitation, continues. His
indomitable will, courage and generous heart will see to it that untold
legions of family, friends and co-workers will continue to organize and
struggle so that working people fully enjoy the world of their creation.
As a founder and long-time
leader of UE Local 893, Iowa United Professionals, one of UE’s largest
and most influential local unions, Dan Kelley is assured of a place in
UE history. Simply put, Kelley has made a difference in the lives of
working people — and his many contributions to the labor movement will
continue to have an impact.
Kelley had an unshakeable faith
in workers and their ability to run their own union. He built his union
the old-fashioned way, recruiting one person at a time. He poured his
heart and soul into creating a union that would honestly, effectively
and aggressively fight for the interests of Iowa state employees. As a
result, UE Local 893, Iowa United Professionals, bears more than a
passing resemblance to Kelley: audacious, independent and thoroughly
committed to the cause of working people.
On behalf of the entire
National union, we extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the
Kelley family and the officers and members of Local 893.
Kelley would appreciate the
sentiment expressed in Joe Hill’s telegram to Big Bill Haywood the day
before his execution: "Don’t waste time in mourning.
Organize." However, we intend to do both.
Robert L. Clark
Robert B. Kingsley
Director of Organization