Duke McVey to be honored March 23 with Missouri ARA’s Humanitarian Award



(EDITOR’S NOTE: The article on the Robert O. Kortkamp Humanitarian ceremony that ran in the Feb. 2 print edition of the Labor Tribune incorrectly identified the date of the event. This version is correct. The Labor Tribune apologizes for the error.)

Daniel “Duke” McVey, who retired as president of the Missouri AFL-CIO in 1999 after 17 years (1982-1999), and as its leader was one of the most respected labor leaders in our state, will be honored by the Missouri Alliance of Retired Americans (MARA) with their coveted Robert O. Kortkamp Humanitarian Award.

The award luncheon will be Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Christy’s Banquet Center, 5856 Christy Blvd.

The memorial luncheon celebrates the enduring commitment of former St. Louis Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Bob Kortkamp who was a champion of working people and one of the founders of the MARA.

In their announcement letter, MARA President David Meinell and Treasurer Gary Style cited McVey, a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, for “his years of caring dedication and service to the working men and women of Missouri. In the famous words of Duke: ‘Unions are my life…’”

Tickets are $35 each with tables of 10 available. The reservation deadline is March 10, and tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to Missouri ARA, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.

There will also be a Memorial Program Book to commemorate McVey’s service. Ad prices are: back cover — $500; inside front and back covers — $400; Full page — $350; half page — $225 and business card — $50. A “congratulations page” will list individual names for $5 per name.

All Checks should be made payable to Missouri ARA and mailed to the Hollenberg address noted above.

Upon his retirement, McVey was honored by Missouri Representative Ike Skelton with a tribute published in the Official Record of the House of Representatives.

“Duke McVey has been a truly outstanding civic leader for the AFL-CIO and for the State of Missouri,” Skelton said. “He has been an extraordinary leader for Labor, for his community and for his State.”

Before becoming Missouri AFL-CIO president, he served at the council’s secretary-treasurer from 1978 to 1982 when he was elected president. He has been a Local 562 member since 1954.

He currently lives in Florida.

For more information, send an email to missouriara@gmail.com or call 314-604-1316.

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