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Ed Shew, now retired, worked in human resources for St. Louis Community College for 25 years. His career included roles in: recruiting, compensation, employee relations and labor negotiations with an emphasis on employment.

“Working at an educational institution, I value and understand the importance of pre-school education, K-12, higher education and vocational education.”

“I remember the time, on behalf of the college’s HR director, I heard a 3rd-step grievance by a member of the physical plant bargaining unit. I was advised, by the HR director, that I was a member of management and told to rule against the grievant. I declined explaining my role was to be objective, to determine the facts, and to ascertain whether administrative procedures, board policy and the labor agreement were applied appropriately. I never heard another grievance at the college.”

Ed has been a manager with The Kroger Company where he was involved in employee supervision over grocery, meat, produce and deli departments, sales plans, marketing, scheduling and budgeting and customer service at four stores.

“I learned quickly that a store manager is only as good as the employees s/he supervises.”

Ed also worked as a grocery clerk where he was a member of Retail Clerks Union, Local 655 (now the United Food and Commercial Workers Union).

As a senior investigator/unit supervisor Ed enforced state anti-discrimination laws with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights in employment, housing and public accommodations.


Now is the time for MONA. In the state of Missouri, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied access to public accommodations and services.

The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. MONA would simply extend the existing Missouri Human Rights Statute to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).

Missouri businesses are at the forefront for supporting and including workplace protections for the LGBT community. Workplace protections are good for Missouri businesses because:
•Focuses on merit and performance
•Improves the working environment
•Encourages Diversity
•Grows your bottom line

Source: Missouri Workplace Equality


While a caseworker with the Missouri Division of Family Services, Ed was a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, Local 410.

Born in the City of St. Louis and a lifelong Missourian, Ed graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a BA in political science and from Mizzou with a BJ (Bachelor of Journalism).

“In journalism school I learned the importance of accuracy and clarity.”

Ed is one of five children, raised in a family of modest means that did not even own a car. He knows the tough times and struggles that working families face to provide for their children.

Ed has a strong background advocating for employees’ rights and in community service.

Community Service:

Missouri Health Care for All

“Spring 2015 we were in Jefferson City lobbying legislators not to reduce the social services budget by $140 million, including programs for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. Alas, the social services budget was cut—but by $40 million. Through cooperation and compromise, small victories can be had.”

St. Charles Regional Table for Medicaid Expansion

Social Justice in Action team, Eliot Unitarian Chapel

Tri-County Faith/Labor Alliance

National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI St. Louis

Liberty High School Booster Club

Sierra Club


image1Ed has been married for 39 years to his wife JoAnn. JoAnn is an Advanced Practice Nurse in psych/mental health at CenterPointe Hospital in St. Charles County and other metro locations. She was actively involved in post-traumatic stress disorders in Vietnam era veterans and in critical incident stress management for first responders.

Ed and JoAnn have two children. Older son Justin has almost completed a PhD in zoology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He and his partner Laura have a daughter Rose, born on the 4th of July, 2015.


Younger son Trevor is a research technician at Washington University School of Medicine and a certified firefighter and a licensed EMT. Trevor and his wife Jessica, Quality Advocate at Asynchrony Labs, have two children, Izzy (6) and Charlie (2); they reside in the Wentzville (St. Charles County, MO) school district.


Ed and JoAnn enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.

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