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Member Spotlight: Shannon Port

Welcome Shannon Port, a first-year commercial painting apprentice in Local 6! Her favorite part about her trade is that the union provides her with a future.

Growing up with a father who’s a retired union member, she saw how his work supported her entire family.

Before her apprenticeship and before COVID, she worked as a bartender, doing estate cleanouts, and as a hair stylist, which helped her understand color theory, a skill that now serves her in her work as a painter. She now has a career that’s not “feast or famine.”

Her apprenticeship provides her with a positive outlook for her future and family. Her potential to grow as a DC 57 member is something that she doubts she could get anywhere else.

What would Shannon tell someone interested in DC 57? “They should do it, they shouldn’t hesitate. I’m super pumped to be here.”

DC 57 Holiday party schedule

Retirees’ Christmas Party: Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00am (exec board meets at 10:30am) at IUPAT DC 57 Union Hall (101 Ewing Rd, Carnegie)

LU 6, 479, 751, and 2006:  Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm at the White Oak Athletic Association (Lower Heckman Rd, McKeesport)

LU 409: Thursday, December 14th at 7:00pm at the Castle Pub (122 N Center St, Ebensburg)

LU 530: Friday, December 15th at 7:00pm at the IBEW 712 Hall (217 Sassafras Ln, Beaver)

LU 549:  Saturday, December 9th  from 1:00-4:00pm at Lefty’s Bar (1248 Brown Ave, Erie)