Originally from Washington State, Joe came to Portland State to wrestle and has never looked back! Joe is part of a Union family; his wife, Shawna, is a lead organizer for 503, and he himself joined the labor movement in 2000 with SEIU. [Married for just over two years, they love to spend their spare time getting their blended family of five children (ages 11-15) out of the house and into the wilderness and the water.]
Joe chose to come to Local 555 for the chance to work more directly with members and to build power in the workplace. He’s also a fan of the political wins by Local 555 and the ABC in the past several years, since he firmly believes in building power across the board: balancing policy wins with bargaining wins. So far his favorite thing about being part of Local 555 is the chance to consider new ideas and remain nimble in response to change.