Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 377


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.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Louisville/Denver Colorado; coal mining industry; early coal mining unions; Coast Guard in the 1950s; organizing UPS; Al Page; Maine Teamsters Local 314 in the 1960s; diversity in the Teamsters in 2002; David Hastings; Fred's Motors organization in 1936; Teamsters 314 after Hastings and Page; Lucien Boutin; Local 48 in Bangor history; international hierarchy of the Teamsters; Teamsters logo; right-to-work laws and Senator Muskie; Muskie as a leader; and the 1958 election.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.