Guest on The Infra Blog: John E. Shinn, Director, District 4, United Steelworkers (USW)

Posted by Steve Anderson on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Shinn2John Shinn was appointed Director for District 4 of the United Steelworkers (USW) on Jan. 1, 2012. USW represents union members employed in manufacturing, healthcare, municipal services and utilities in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Puerto Rico. The district office is in Cheektowaga, NY, near Buffalo.

John Shinn has been a devoted union activist throughout his working career.  In 1974, John went to work for CE Glass Company (which later became AFG Industries) in Cinnaminson, NJ. He was President of his Local 514 when it was United Glass and Ceramic Workers Union, later merging with the Aluminum Brick & Glass Workers where he was an International Representative until a 1997 merger with the USW.

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Download full transcript (PDF): John E. Shinn on The Infra Blog

About the United Steelworkers (USW)
We’re steelworkers. We slurry and smelt aluminum. We mine for iron ore and create cement. We make glass and metals of many kinds. We produce paper and paper products. And we craft energy-saving wind turbines that help save our Earth.

We’re nurses and nurses’ aides. We make Harley Davidson motorcycles and Carrier air conditioners. We’re rubber workers who make your tires; metal workers who make the materials that go into buildings, homes, automobiles, planes and roads.

We serve you at banks and teach at universities. You’ll find us in oil refineries and grocery stores. At utility companies and in chemical plants. We work in the public sector and in forestry. We drive taxi cabs and work in airports. We’re security guards and electricians. We’re miners and pharmaceutical workers.

We’re 1.2 million active and retired members strong. You’ll find us fighting for a better life for all workers in union halls, at the work place, in the courts and in legislatures. We’re global, we’re local and we’re online.”

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