MEET SHAUN FRANCIS:
Ready to fight for you.

 

A life long resident of the Capital Region, Shaun Francis is ready to go to work fighting for a better New York.

 

Shaun Francis has spent his career fighting for hard working families and for the upstate values we all share.

Shaun and his wife Julie call beautiful Wilton, NY home with their two dogs, Maggie and Reuben. Shaun and Julie love spending time with their nine nieces and nephews and the rest of their family.

 

Shaun is a proud product of North Colonie public schools and the SUNY system.  After college Shaun attended Professional Baseball Umpire School and, after finishing as an Honor Graduate, he was offered a contract to umpire in Professional Baseball.  Some of Shaun's early assignment were at Heritage Park in Colonie and Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy.  Shaun's umpiring career took off and he worked his way through the ranks to the Triple A Pacific Coast League.  Along the way he was selected to umpire numerous All-Star and Post-Season assignments.  He had the honor of umpiring at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri for the 2009 Futures Game and Major League Home Run Derby.  He also umpired at Fenway Park, in Boston, MA.
 

​During his years in Professional Baseball, Shaun traveled to just about every corner of the country, working in cities and towns large and small, and he saw first hand what makes our country so great - everyday people who work hard and strive to make their communities the best they can be.

During his tenure in Professional Baseball, Shaun was elected President of the Association of Minor League Umpires, and today still serves as the Association's Executive Director.  Shaun's work for the umpire's union required a vision for the future of the union and the ability to build consensus and to lead.  Shaun built the umpire's union into a powerful organization and negotiated contracts with professional baseball that improved wages, benefits and life on the road for umpires.

 

​Shaun gave up life on the road after the 2012 season, and went to work full time fighting for hard working men and women as a representative for Office and Professional Employees International Union.  In this role, Shaun has fought back against powerful corporate interests that seek to squeeze every penny of profit it can from its employees without paying workers a fair wage for an honest day's work.  Shaun has successfully organized nursing home aides, hospital nurses, aircraft machinists and pilots, and other workers across the country helping them ensure they have a voice and dignity in their workplaces.

Shaun has continued his education at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD and was a 2011 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.

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