About Us

About union members in Contra Costa County

Union workers in Contra Costa are a microcosm of California industries, with strong presences in:

  • Construction – We build the roads, water systems, commercial buildings and many homes that keep Contra Costa moving forward
  • Education – From K-12 through college, including the John F. Henning School at St. Mary’s College of California, we are the teachers, aides, nutrition and support staff that prepare tomorrow’s leaders
  • Healthcare – Our Regional Medical Center and private networks like Kaiser, Sutter, John Muir and the San Ramon Medical Center employ union nurses, aides, environmental technicians, and service, support and professional staff
  • Government – Our postal workers always deliver — like their brothers and sisters in local, regional, state and federal government who perform planning, economic development, transparency and accountability services
  • Hospitality – Hotel and restaurant workers support our growing, regional tourism industry
  • Manufacturing and energy – California’s largest corporation and employer, Chevron, is headquartered in Richmond, and thousands work at four refineries, two power plants and USS-POSCO Steel
  • Public services – City, County, State and Federal employees provide critical direct services to veterans, seniors, youth and working families
  • Technology and communications – Union members install and service critical communications facilities, upgrade our networks, write and print our newspapers
  • Transportation – Contra Costa is a regional transportation hub, with light rail, bus, train, air and ferry service connecting to the Bay Area and, through the Port of Richmond, internationally

Did you know?

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  • Contra Costa is one of California’s original 27 counties, and was nearly named Mt. Diablo County for the mountain that is visible from central and east county, the Delta and as far as Sierra Nevada.
  • The other iconic image for our County is Rosie the Riveter, the local hero of World War II who built Liberty Ships in Richmond and launched new roles for women in industry.
  • Our commute time is about 6 minutes longer than other Californians’ – even more when you are crawling along Highway 4 from residential neighborhoods in East County to job centers in West County.
  • Our Congressional delegation is working to honor African-American serviceman killed or wounded during the 1944 Port Chicago disaster, a munitions explosion.
  • More than 54,000 veterans call Contra Costa home, and we’re working to honor their service with good jobs and strong communities for a real homecoming. Learn more about the Union Veterans Council.
Leadership
President
Steve Older, IAM Local 1173

Vice President
Kevin Van Buskirk, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104

Secretary/Treasurer
Mary Harms, OPEIU 3

Sergeant-at-Arms
Lois McKinney, SEIU Local 1021

Trustees
Linda Doppe, United Steelworkers Local 1440
Mark Gagliardi, OPEIU Local 277
Theresa Golden, UA Local 342

Executive Board

Michael Aidan, IFPTE Local 20
Jim Araby, UFCW Western States Council
Tom Baca, Boilermakers
Brian Fealy, Machinists Local 1173
Suzie Griffith, AFSCME 2700
Aram Hodess, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 159
Dan Reynolds, MDEA

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Contact Us

Info [at] cclabor.net
(925) 228-0161
1333 Pine Street, Suite E, Martinez, CA 94553

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Staff
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Executive Director
Margaret Hanlon-Gradie

Political Director
Joseph Summers

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