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What it takes to be a union political director

Chris Martin October 18, 2021 50


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Tori Shriver, political director for the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EAS Carpenters) joins Chris and Jon to discuss a day in the life of a union political director.

Shriver discusses her role in promoting and educating legislators and the public on policies that affect the EAS Carpenter membership, her team of ‘political nerds’, and the challenges she faces as the youngest female in a leadership role. During the discussion Shriver acknowledges two mentors who have guided her on her successful path – Bill Waterkotte and Bill Sproule – both, she says, have encouraged her to stand up and take action.

Shriver shares the challenges and issues facing the EAS Carpenters, which include misclassification of workers, right-to-work laws, and prevailing wage legislation. These issues are being addressed across the six states and two territories that the EAS Carpenters represent.

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