Dave started his working career as a Laborer through Stockton’s Local 73 in 1977. After graduating from Junior College, he decided to make the Laborers Union his career. In 1987, Dave was hired as Stockton’s Business Agent. In 1994, he came to work for the Northern California District Council until 2001, when he returned to resume his former position at Local 73.
In 2004, Dave was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the counties of San Joaquin, Calaveras, and Alpine Building Trades Council (BTC), where he continues in that position today. As head of the BTC, he’s helped build a strong coalition among the trades to promote good wages, benefits and strong apprenticeship programs in the Central Valley. His focus is on building things for the community. The BTC pushed a local-hire resolution through the Stockton City Council. Dave would like to see local workers and contractors benefit from the revenue generated by the public works construction projects coming to the Central Valley. In 2009, he became NCDCL Business Representative and in June of 2010, was appointed to the CalOSHA Standards Board. Dave is the son of Archie Thomas who was NCDCL Business Manager from 1991 to 2000, when he passed away.
Hester is a past President of United Contractors and Board member. President of McGuire and Hester, Michael has 29 years of service to the company as project engineer, project manager, estimator, and operations manager. Hester has been a CIFAC Board Member since 2001. Michael has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from Oregon State University. Since 2011, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
On December 17, 2014, Hester took the oath of office to become a Commissioner of the California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission (CUCCAC) where he serves as a representative for subcontractors. He and his wife Janice live in Alamo. They have four children. He enjoys family time, basketball, fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors.
Chris has worked for the Membership of the Operating Engineers, Local 3 for the last 16 years. He has served the members in numerous capacities, serving first as an Organizer, then as a Business Agent, and after as the District Representative of District 10. In 2019, Chris was elevated to the position of Government Relations Director. He is an Elected Officer as the Conductor of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 3. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science degree with a Minor in Pre-Law from California State University East Bay. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Marine Technology, from the Seattle Maritime Academy. Chris is a Harvard University, Harvard Law School Labor & Work Life Program Graduate. He enjoys service on the following boards: the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District and is the acting Secretary Treasurer of the California Democratic Party Labor Caucus. He is a member of the North Bay Building and Construction Trades Council and the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee. Chris resides in the beautiful Sonoma area with his two lovely children.
Sonal Bellino is the Sr. Labor Relations Business Partner at Teichert, a family of diverse construction businesses focusing on residential subdivisions, site development, public infrastructure, pipeline infrastructure and construction aggregate. Sonal’s focus at Teichert is to manage labor relations activities to support business unit operational and profitability goals by working collaboratively with management and labor unions. Her responsibilities include negotiating collective bargaining agreements, resolving labor disputes and maintaining labor harmony with the many unions to which Teichert is signatory.
Prior to working at Teichert, Sonal worked at the AGC of California in the Northern California Industrial Relations department. In addition to administering AGC Master Labor Agreements, her focus at AGC was to provide members with dependable labor relations support, guidance, and representation when interpreting and advising on collective bargaining agreements and providing grievance advocacy and dispute resolution services to members.
Sonal holds her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law, as well as her BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She lives with her husband of thirteen years and their seven-year-old daughter in the Sacramento area. Sonal is very excited for this opportunity and looks forward to supporting and furthering the mission of CIFAC.