Brian hired on as an extra list clerk on METRA (Northeast Illinois Commuter Rail) in June 2008. He was appointed to Lodge 829’s Board of Trustees as a Protective Committeeman in 2010, and elected Vice President of that Local in 2010. Brother Shanahan became L829 Local Chairman in January 2013 and was promoted to the position of Assistant National Representative to Unit 155 in July 2016. He has served as National Representative since 2017, and was elected as a TCU/IAM National Vice President by the TCU Executive Council, effective January 1, 2021 and re-elected at the 2022 TCU Convention.
Brother Shanahan’s jurisdiction includes mostly clerical and intermodal workers under Belt Railway, BNSF Intermodal facilities, Canadian National and its subsidiaries, Canadian Pacific, Delray Connecting Railroad, Gary Railway, Indiana Harbor Belt, METRA, New Orleans Public Belt, Paducah & Louisville, TTMS and UP/CNW. As of 2021, Shanahan has also been tasked by National President Maratea to spearhead TCU’s burgeoning Organizing Department.