Attorney Michael E. Shelton Understands Workers' Needs
Joe describes his relationship with attorney Michael E. Shelton. As the president of the Dallas Building Trades, he knows Mr. Shelton on both a professional and personal level. He describes him as "one of the kindest and gentlest men I've ever known in my whole life."
I met Mike Shelton, probably, 15 years ago through an acquaintance of mine who was Secretary of Treasury of the State Pipe Trades. And that's how I met Mike, and that's one of the few things that the Pipe Trades ever did that was worthwhile, was introduce me to Mike, because he's been a God-send to organized labor and to helping our people. He represents myself, my family. He represents the Dallas Building Trades, which I'm the president of. I made him Lead Counsel at the Building Trades, which is about 7,500 members, and their families, even more than that, of course. And then, being on the State Executive Board for the State Building Trades, I finagled a way through the president of the Building Trades, who is a personal friend of mine, got Mike appointed as Lead Counsel for the State Building Trades, which is probably 100,000 people. And the reason I did all this, it was because Mike is, absolutely, probably one of the kindest and gentlest men I've ever known in my whole life, and I've known a lot of people. And he really and truly cares for his clients. And there ain't going to be no double-talk. He's going to tell you straight up, whether it's good or bad. He's going to level with the guys and tell them. And he's represented a bunch of our people, I mean, a bunch of our people, and done an outstanding job, outstanding job. He come up the hard way, working, working in the oil field, working on the lines, on the pipelines, and that's the reason he's so good at representing working people, because he's been there. He knows what it's about. He knows, when you're having to work out there at 105 degrees, pipe's so hot you can hardly stand to touch it with your bare hand. He knows about those 12-hour days. I mean, that's the reason. That's the reason he works so good with our people, because our people work. We build America. That's what the Building Trades does. They build America. And that's what makes him so good, because he's been through the ranks. He was a member of Harlingen Local, and him being our attorney, we just transferred him to Dallas, a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. He pays dues. So that's the reason. He's a member of our organization, and we treat him like a brother because that's what he is, and he goes to all the events that we have. He supports us 100%. It's not a one-way street here.