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Shedlock Named Executive Director of Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council
Former City, County Official to Helm Organization Representing Workers Across Maine

PORTLAND and AUGUSTA, Maine, August 3, 2017 – The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council recently announced the hire of Jason J. Shedlock as the organization’s Executive Director. Shedlock, who most recently served as Special Assistant to Portland Mayor Ethan K. Strimling as well as the Deputy Director of the Sagadahoc County Emergency Management Agency and Board of Health, will be responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations as well as the coordination and implementation of workforce development initiatives, outreach, advocacy and capacity building.

The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council is made up of 14 affiliated labor unions, representing over 5,000 working men and women across the state of Maine. From Bricklayers to Roofers, Ironworkers to Painters, the Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council exists as a collective voice to ensure that Mainers have the opportunity to build our communities effectively, safely and efficiently while ensuring sustainable, skilled careers and a path to the middle class.

“Jason’s experience as a loud, strong and results-driven voice for working men and women via his roles in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and most recently in Maine makes for a perfect fit as the building trades enter a new phase of growth and engagement across the state,” stated John Napolitano, Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council President and Business Manager for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry Local 716. “Jason’s work is well known in the labor community and beyond, and we are fortunate to have him help lead the fight to strengthen our communities across the state.”

“Throughout my career and in whatever position I’ve held, I’ve been passionate about always making sure that workers have a strong and well-represented voice; whether it be in front of lawmakers or among their peers,” said Shedlock. “I’m honored to be able to formalize that role and play a part in the movement that has given so much to my family and me. I’m excited to work with men and women who are unanimously focused on building our workforce, our families and our neighborhoods.”

“Jason is the son of a retired Boilermaker and AFSCME member, so along with his education and work experience, he clearly knows firsthand how our economic and political climate impacts working men and women, “ said Robert Burr, Vice President of the Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council and Business Representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4. “With cranes going up in towns and cities throughout Maine, current and future members of the building trades are poised to play a key role in the growth of our communities and our economy. Jason’s work in coordinating that effort, as well as both educating and holding decision makers accountable, is going to be critical as we ensure no one is left behind as that growth occurs.”

With offices in downtown Portland and Augusta, the Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council is engaged across the state to ensure that Maine is built by a skilled, safe, healthy and sustainable workforce. To find out more or to learn how you can turn a skill into a career, visit