Born in Saltaire, Dickinson first came to prominence in 1915, when he was elected as the general secretary of the Bradford and District Power Loom Overlookers' Society. During World War I, he also served on the Wool Control Board. In 1916, he was a founder member of the National Association of Unions in the Textile Trade (NAUTT). In 1921, he was also elected as secretary of the Yorkshire Association of Power Loom Overlookers.
During World War II, Dickinson again served on the Wool Control Board, and from 1943 to 1946 he chaired the NAUTT. He then moved to become chair of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), serving for two years.
- 1939 England and Wales Register
- The Labour Who's Who. London: Labour Publishing Company. 1927. p. 54.
- "Obituary: Frank Dickinson", Annual Report of the 1962 Trades Union Congress, p.288
|Trade union offices|
J. W. Butler
| General Secretary of the Yorkshire Association of Power Loom Overlookers
1921 – 1960
Edwin D. Sleeman
| Chairman of the General Federation of Trade Unions
1946 – 1948