16. Andrew Meredith
Andrew Meredith is another new name on this list, heading the State Building and Construction Trades Council, or BCTC. The top-tier labor group is affiliated through local unions with 450,000 workers focused mostly – but not entirely – on large commercial and government projects. Meredith took over in January replacing the feisty Robbie Hunter, an Irish-born former iron worker who guided BCTC through widely publicized political battles big and small. We’re told that Hunter stays in touch with BCTC and is offering consulting advice. Meredith was executive director of North State Builds, a coalition of California’s three northern-most affiliates of BCTC, and he operated a pre-apprenticeship program and a multi-county Political Action Committee, the North State Builds JOBS PAC. Although Hunter’s departure caught many by surprise, there was a months-long transition: Meredith was chosen president-elect last August and worked with Hunter until January. Meredith has served on the BCTC’s executive board for 12 years.
Updated Aug. 11, 2022. Corrects by deleting reference to Western States Petroleum Association.