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Gerald M. Shea

Expert Profile

Gerald M. Shea

Assistant to the President for Governmental Affairs
AFL-CIO
Expertise: 
labor
organizing
hospital quality

Biography

Mr. Shea was appointed to this position by John J. Sweeney when Mr. Sweeney was elected President of the AFL-CIO in October 1995. Mr. Shea has held various positions at the AFL-CIO from August 1993 through October 1995, serving first as the director of the policy office with responsibility for health care and pensions, and then in several executive staff positions. Before coming to the AFL-CIO, Mr. Shea had been with the Service Employees International Union since 1972 as an organizer and local union official in Massachusetts and, later, on the staff at the national union's headquarters. Mr. Shea was a member of the 1994-1996 Advisory Council on Social Security and is a member of the current Social Security Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Prospective Payment Advisory Committee (PROPAC), the congressionally appointed advisory board on Medicare. Mr. Shea holds a seat on the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) representing union and consumer interests. He is also a founding member of the Foundation for Accountability, a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to help consumers make health care choices based on quality. Mr. Shea is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Boston College.

815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington D.C.  --  20006
United States
Office Phone: 
(202) 637-5000
Office Fax: 
(202) 508-6946

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