Bruce Popper, well-known Rochester union leader, dies at age 71

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A well-known union leader in our area has died.

Bruce Popper was the vice president of the 1199SEIU. He spent his 45-year work career in labor as a rank-and-file member of the union.

He later served as area vice president for hospitals in Rochester, Buffalo, and Corning before retiring in 2019. Popper received the key to the city of Rochester for his dedicated service in the labor movement and for fighting for workers’ rights. He was 71 years old.