Liz Nichols, a proud member of OPCMIA Local 555 in Portland, Oregon, stars in the CBS reality series “Tough As Nails,” premiering on February 10th.
A native of Waltham, Massachusetts with seven years of experience as an OPCMIA cement mason, Liz is a union activist and serves on Local 555’s Executive Board.
“She’s well respected out in the field,” said Local 555 Business Manager Geoff Kossak. “She’s a really good hand.”
In “Tough As Nails,” Liz competes with 11 other workers, including a steelworker, pipe welder, travel nurse, UPS delivery driver and retired Air Force colonel, in challenges that take place at real-world job sites including farms, construction sites, high rise buildings, fishing boats and a Pick-a-Part where they need to build a drivable car. The show is described as “a celebration of the hard working men and women who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to do a hard day’s work.”
As Liz noted on the show’s Instagram page, “I’m Tough As Nails because I poured concrete until I was nine months pregnant.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of Liz Nichols and her Steel Edge Women sisters who exemplify the strength, tenacity and brilliant craftspersonship of our great union,” said OPCMIA General President Dan Stepano. “I’m thrilled she has the opportunity to show millions of viewers the greatness that defines the OPCMIA on national television. And on behalf of all 56,000 of her sisters and brothers, I wish her the best of luck in the competition. We’re rooting for her every step of the way!”