Tom Whiteside

Labor Representative
(218) 885-3242 x224

Tom grew up in a union-supported household with a strong tradition of hard work. In the 70’s, both of Tom’s parents worked as union laborers in some of Mother Nature’s cruelest conditions on the Alaskan pipeline, and today his father is still a dues-paying member of the Laborers Local 1097 in Virginia. As an employee for the City of Hibbing, Tom’s mother was a member AFSCME 65 for many years. Tom is union-made.

Tom graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Economics. After graduating, Tom worked as a mechanic’s apprentice and semitruck driver in his family’s heavy equipment rental company in Hibbing.

 In 2014, Tom began working in the U.S. House of Representatives for 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan. During this time, Tom advocated for expanding rural broadband and protecting our steel industry from illegally subsidized imports. Additionally, Tom performed casework to help military veterans and older adults from Northern Minnesota receive the federal benefits that they had earned and deserved.

Tom represents the following local unions:

  • Local 0081-0008 Nashwauk City
  • Local 0105-0021 Community Hospital Association Cloquet
  • Local 0105-0025 St. Luke's Hospital
  • Local 0105-0026 Essentia St. Mary's Duluth
  • Local 0105-0031 Essentia Health Moose Lake
  • Local 0105-0107 Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Local 0105-0121 Moose Lake Village
  • Local 0105-0122 Inter-Faith Care Center
  • Local 0453-0003 Kinney City
  • Local 0545-0001, 0010 Cloquet City
  • Local 0545-0002, 0007, 0008, 0009 Cloquet School
  • Local 0545-0003, 0006 Esko School
  • Local 0545-0004 Wrenshall School
  • Local 0545-0005 Moose Lake School
  • Local 0791-0001 Hibbing City
  • Local 1119-0001, 0005 Fairview Range Regional
  • Local 1647-0006 Hinckely City
  • Local 2750-0000, 0002 Carlton County
  • Local 2827-0000 Lake County Road and Bridge
  • Local 3594-0000 Arrowhead Transit AEOA
  • Local 3789-0001 East Central School
  • Local 3789-0002 Barnum School