Robert Louis Piccone was born in Louisville, Colorado on August 5, 1938 to Joseph and Lucille Piccone. His father was a coal miner and vegetable farmer, and his mother was a homemaker. At the age of eighteen, Robert joined the Coast Guard in Denver, and served in various locations before being stationed in Portland, Maine. In March of 1960 he began working for UPS in Portland, and became active in Teamsters Local 340, as a union contact person, when UPS unionized in April 1960. He became an officer of the Local in 1967 and became its president in 1982, serving in that capacity until 2002. He wrote extensively about David Hastings, and those biographical sketches are included with Mr. Piccone’s interview materials.
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L'Hommedieu, Andrea, "Piccone, Robert oral history interview" (2002). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 325.