John Shinn is the Director
for District 4 of the United Steel Workers. The district includes Connecticut,
Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode
Island, Vermont, and Puerto Rico.
is known for his passion and leadership roles in labor and environmentalism. He
has worked with labor unions and environmental organizations to solve today's
environmental challenges while creating and maintaining quality jobs to build a
stronger, fairer economy. He was Chairman, SAPPI Council; Coordinator,
Inter-Union Gas Conference; Chartered member, and member of the Board of
Directors of the Work Environmental Council (WEC), an alliance of labor,
community, and environmental organizations that advocates for safe, secure jobs
and a healthy, sustainable environment.
Shinn has been a devoted union activist throughout his working career.
His career began with CE Glass Company (which later became AFG Industries) in
Cinnaminson, NJ. Two years after starting his employment at CE Glass, he was
elected as Local 514’s Wage Committeeman in charge of his department. He
participated on his first negotiating committee at the age of 21, and was
elected President of his Local.
International Representative of the Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers
International Union, John serviced Local Unions in NJ, NY, PA, WV and OH. After
the merger with the USW, John was assigned to the Edison, NJ sub-district and
was appointed sub-director.
served as President of the Burlington County Central Labor Council, as
President of the United Labor Agency of Burlington County, Vice President of
the NJ Industrial Union Council, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for
PHILAPOSH (Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety & Health).
John Shinn's passion to improve the lot of the workers
brought him to participated in the NJ Right to Know & Act Coalition, and he
was elected Councilman of the Riverside Township Committee. John was also Vice-President
of the Delaware AFL-CIO, Vice-President of the NJ State AFL-CIO, Labor
representative on the United Way Board of Directors, Board member of the
Burlington County United Way and Board member of the Burlington County Work
Force Investment Board (WIB).