Business Manager Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
2020 has been one challenging year! We have had to endure a lot these past few months. Through it all this local has continued to move forward and grow together. When the COVID-19 epidemic hit, the majority of us continued to work while our jobs were deemed “essential”. We had to adapt to a new set of rules and regulations to keep us, and others around us, safe.
We also went through a local election that gave the membership the opportunity to choose their leadership. There were things said and done during this election by a small, yet loud group that had no truth or merit and was merely put out there to divide us. That is not what this Union is formed on. We rise and move together as one, or we crumble and fall as individuals.
On behalf of our newly elected team, I want to thank you for your trust in this leadership. Our commitment is to you, the Membership, 1st and foremost. We have heard your concerns, and we will continue to listen to what your concerns are as we move forward and grow our local Union together.
The industry needs have not stopped during these challenging times. If you are not working, you may want to ask yourself why that is? Unlike other Unions, we have the ability to hustle up our own work. The employers are permitted to hire 50% of their Laborers by request. Most employers want to hire someone who shows up early and eager to work. The agents are here to guide you if you are looking for leads. Some of our areas such as Sacramento, Rancho Seco, and Roseville, have ample work while others are slower than they have been the past few seasons. Many times, this career requires that you travel for work. The work isn’t always going to be in your front yard.
This Union and this local are great because of the membership that wear the 185 logo and wield the shovel, the concrete vibrator, the stop paddle, and so on. We are a diverse group that is the most versatile and hardest working within the industry. We adapt and train for the work that is needed by the industry. We are committed to keeping this local great, and it is our honor to lead this membership in a positive and prosperous direction.
Doyle S. Radford, Jr.
The most prominent benefit of being a member of Construction and General Laborers’ Local 185 is representation.
Training & Qualifications
Safe Work Environment & Working Conditions
However, representation entails much more than just job sites and contractual issues. The Laborers’ Union is a fraternal organization: We are here to assist our brothers and sisters.
Please feel free to contact us if you are thinking about becoming a member.
Laborers Local 185 recognizes, “Our members success goes hand in hand with our employers.”
Once a Member, the Laborers has an extensive training schedule for members to learn all aspects of the job.
The Laborers has an Excellent training program for men and women that are interested in making the Laborers Union their career.
Better known as “Signatory Contractor Advantages”
Construction and General Laborers’ Local 185 recognizes, “Our members success goes hand in hand with our employers’ success.”
We understand employers are in business to make a profit and that’s how the laborers’ union can help increase your bottom line.
- Professional construction workforce, dispatched daily.
- Just one phone call away.
- Training center is available for certifications and specialty classes.
- We provide on site training with our mobile unit.
- State recognized apprenticeship program.
By increasing production, working safely and constructing it right the first time, employers save money on labor, materials, and insurance. By being more efficient, contractors can get to the next project sooner thereby reducing their overhead. When contractors complete quality projects on time, the demand for their services increases. When the demand for these services increase, the Laborers’ Union will supply their workforce needs.
Additionally, employers may realize reduced payroll taxes by contributing to the Laborers Trust Funds for Northern California and employers may also reduce workers compensation costs through Laborers Health and Safety Training.
If you are an employer, we highly recommend visiting the Links page.
If you should have any questions, feel free to contact us or any of the employer associations.
Introduction To Construction
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Air Track Drill Blasting
The Laborers has an Apprenticeship Program to get you started if you have no experience. We have an excellent training program for the inexperienced and experienced alike. Our Program trains in all the different aspects of the Laborers job including, but not limited to, concrete placement, pipe laying, asphalt paving, erosion control, fence building, bridges and buildings.
If you are interested in becoming a member or just want more information, we have new member/prospective member orientations at 9:00 am on Tuesday’s at the Sacramento Union Hall located at 1320 National Drive, Sacramento. No appointment is needed, just bring yourself and your questions!
Continued training is available to all members. Most classes are taught at the Terence J. O’Sullivan Training Center in San Ramon. However, some classes are taught off-site. If you would like to sign up for a class, please contact your local office.
The Training Program is designed to provide basic, as well as advanced, instruction in a variety of construction skills.
Trainees learn from instructors who have many years of experience in the construction industry. Classes are equipped with modern equipment and tools, and strong emphasis is placed on operation and safety.
Classes range from one to six weeks. A typical course format entails approximately 45 minutes of classroom instruction per day with the remaining time spent on “hands-on” training. All training is done under the direct supervision of a certified instructor.
Any class that is 1 week or longer requires drug testing.
The Northern California Laborers Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide the best of construction education and on-the-job training (OJT) to apprentices. In order to be eligible to join the Apprenticeship program you must: Be at least 18 years old; Have the ability to communicate safely on a jobsite; Be physically able to perform the work of the craft; Pass a Drug Test; Have a Valid California Driver’s License. Open enrollment for the Apprenticeship is from March 1 – June 30 (unless an extension is requested by the Local).
The course is a combination of 4,000 hours worked out in the field and 6 weeks of school. Many members are able to accomplish this in under 2 years. This allows apprentices to perform many of the types of construction performed by Laborers such as demolition, pouring concrete, laying asphalt, installing wet & dry utilities, working on bridges, buildings and driving tunnels. Laborers also perform many safety-related duties such as flagging and traffic control.
Since proper training and safety habits are so important on today’s construction sites, Laborer apprentices start their careers by spending a few weeks receiving hands-on training. While training, they learn basic construction skills so they are able to perform safely on the construction site.
The instructors get them familiar with the tools and techniques they will be using while teaching them safety procedures. Apprentices leave the training center with the knowledge and confidence that will help them be successful. After apprentices have gained some work experience, they return for additional training.
Unlike other programs which may last up to 4 or 5 years, the Laborer apprentice graduates to journeyman status after just 4,000 hours of OJT (many of our members complete the program in two years or less) and six weeks of skills training. With this behind them, they have what it takes to have a successful career as a Journeyman Laborer. The current starting wage for a first period apprentice is $20.51 with increases each time a level is completed (1,000 hrs/level).
If you are interested in joining the Northern California Laborers Apprenticeship Program,
you can visit their WebSite or call them at (925)556-0858.
Laborers Local 185 Members Information
Laborers Local 185 Members Online Dues Payment
Laborers Local 185 Dues Online Payment
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Local 185 Terms & Agreements
Laborers International Union of North America, Local Union 185 is pleased to be able to provide its members with payment of monthly (window) union dues, through an online payment system.
Laborers’ Local 185 accepts the following credit cards for payment through the online payment system:
If you encounter any problems using the online payment system, please contact us at our business office during the hours of 6:30AM – 4:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Payments made for dues and assessments are subject to a no-refund policy. If you have questions about resignation from union membership or other cessation of union dues payment obligations, please contact your business agent at (916) 928-8300. By making a payment through the online payment system, you are confirming that you have read and understand our no-refund policy.
Online Privacy Statement
Laborers’ Local 185 is committed to protecting the privacy of its members who utilize this online payment system. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to advise you about the collection and use of personal information that occurs through the use of this online payment system. From time to time, Laborers’ Local 185 may modify this Privacy Statement.
The only personal information Laborers’ Local 185 collects online is information voluntarily provided by the member to process her/his payment. This information may include, but is not limited to: your name, mailing address, member identification number, email address, and phone number. Any personal information you provide to us may be used to contact you so that we may process your payment or provide you with information about your online dues payment.
The information collected will be shared with the Laborers International Union of North America in order to process the portion of your dues which is a per capita payment and to assure that you receive the benefits associated with your membership in that organization.
To ensure the privacy of our members, Laborers’ Local 185 utilizes appropriate measures, including advanced technology, to protect personal information collected online against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. These may include, among others, encryption, physical access security, and other appropriate technologies. This online payment system is not directed at persons under the age of 18. Laborers’ Local 185 will continually review and enhance its security systems, as necessary.
Laborers’ Local 185’s site may contain links to third-party web sites. Laborers’ Local 185 is not responsible for the content or privacy practices employed by the third-party web sites that are linked to Laborers’ Local 185’s web site.
Laborers Local 185 About Us
We would like you to know who we are, what we do, and our role in the community.
Construction and General Laborers’ Local 185 is a construction craft union that was chartered in 1929. Most of our members work for building contractors, general engineering contractors, and specialty sub-contractors. We also have members that are covered by site agreements such as plants, factories, and more.
Our members are recognized as professionals within the industry. We understand that the working class people of California are its foundation!
Local 185 Officers and Representatives are individuals who are committed to serving our membership in securing a safe work environment, receiving an honest days pay for an honest days work and in helping them to reach their retirement goals.
We understand our members because every single one of us comes from the field. We have all worked in the trenches as laborers, foreman and superintendents.
Construction Craft Laborers are the back bone of the construction industry and are often the first workers in and the last workers out on construction jobs.
Local 185 Members enjoy good wages and benefits that include family health insurance coverage, a based defined benefit pension plan and an Apprenticeship and Training Program to improve the skills and safety of Laborers Union Local 185 Members.
Local 185 members enjoy good wages and benefits that include family health.
Members of Local 185 enjoy the greatest opportunity for work in the Building Trades. This is a result of the great diversity of the types of work that are performed by Construction Craft Laborers.
Laborers Local 185 Community
Laborers Local 185 represents
twenty counties in Northern California.
We consider this our community
We understand that employment, fair wages and benefits are integral parts of what forms a healthy community. However, we concern ourselves with the overall health of the community that our members call home.
We recognize that quality of life is one of the most important things to our members.
Therefore, we aim to be at the forefront of deliberation. We involve ourselves with the community and we work collectively with various groups and individuals to find resolutions and build consensus with the community at large.
Throughout the years community outreach has always been a top priority for Laborers Local 185.
Supporting programs and assisting with special projects has been a tremendous success.
We value activities such as youth sports, community center involvement, retiree, and senior projects.
Our members vote each month to voluntarily contribute their funds to different organizations. We also share our prosperity, donating time to various charities and causes on a regular basis.
Laborers Local 185 remains committed to increasing the quality of life for its members, their families and the community they serve.
Laborers Local 185 is committed to providing resources to those who need our help.
Our Local has a strong volunteer base supported heavily by its membership.
We ask you to support us so that we may continue to support you.
Laborers Local 185 Construction & General Laborers Contacts
Office: 1320 National Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 928-8300
Fax: (916) 928-8311
Hours: 6:30am – 4:30pm
Dispatch: 6:30am – 9:00am
Redding branch office covering the following counties:
Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
2210 Twin View Blvd., Redding, Ca 96003
For Mail: P.O. Box 492830, Redding, CA 96049
Phone: (530) 221-0961
Fax: (530) 221-0964
Business Manager: Doyle S. Radford, Jr.
President: Juan C. McKnight
Vice President: Gary Sharette
Secretary-Treasurer: Armando Calzada
Recording Secretary: Armando “AC” Covarrubias
Auditors: Maggie Campbell, John Salser
District Council Delegates: Armando Calzada, Armando AC Covarrubias, Gary Sharette, Leonel Barragan, Sean Radford
Executive Board Members: Leonel Barragan, Sean Radford
Sargeant AT Arms: Jaime Torres
Office Manager: Susan Bergin
Executive Board: Doyle S. Radford, Jr., Armando Calzada, Armando “AC” Covarrubias, Juan McKnight, Gary Sharette, Leonel Barragan, Sean Radford
Business Agents: Armando Calzada, Armando “AC” Covarrubias, Juan C. McKnight, Gary Sharette, Sean Radford, Leonel Barragan, John Salser, Jaime Torres
Political Captain: Doyle Radford, Jr.
Retiree Clubs: Dave Martin (Tri-County)
Meeting Dates: Monthly
Roll Call: 1st working Thursday of each month, 9:00am-12:00pm
General: 2nd working Thursday of each month, 7:00pm
Smolich & Smolich
Workers’ Compensation &
3140 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
NOVEY LAW GROUP, APC
Donald P. Novey
5800 Stanford Ranch Rd., Ste. 610
Rocklin, CA 95765
The ARNS Law Firm
New Client Intake Specialist
Laborers’ Local 185 highly recommends these web sites, which contain an unmeasured amount of resources to further serve your needs:
Northern California District Council of Laborers and local affiliates.
Information about the benefits and resources LIUNA provides members, employers, and local affiliates.
Information regarding pension, health and welfare benefits, apprenticeship and training.
Information regarding market share, additional education, training and health and safety funds that are available.
Information regarding market share, additional education, training and health and safety funds that are available.
Cal/OSHA Safety Guides, designed to promote awareness and safe work practices.
Local 185 Leadership
Today, Doyle is the current Business Manager and Political Captain for Laborers Local 185. He also currently serves as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Northern California District Council of Laborers.
Brother Radford is an Active Participant in the Community he resides in, Serving 8 years as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Roseville. Brother Radford is currently serving as Parks and Recreation Commissioner for Placer County, and a Transportation Commissioner for the City of Roseville.
In August of 1989, I proposed to my wife, now of 30 years. At that time I was working in construction, but I knew that I had to build a solid future for my future family. I was introduced to Laborers Local 185 and gained the knowledge of the importance of the union movement. So in August 1989 I joined Laborers Local 185 as an entry level laborer. I soon landed a position at Richard Heaps Electric, where I spent 14 years. During my employment with Heaps Electric, I became their first African American labor foreman. During the 14 years of employment at Heaps Electric, I gained the valuable skills such as jack-hammering, asphalt dumping, pipe laying, raking, concrete pouring and finishing. In addition I gained knowledge in lane closures, flagging, operating the rock saw, backhoe and crane. Knowledge of electric duties, such as pulling wire, splicing, and connecting services and controllers was also gained. Being the foreman, I developed interpersonal as well as leadership skills needed to meet deadlines and keep unity on the job sites. Throughout my hears of being a laborer, I have built relationships with city, county as well as state inspectors. In addition, I have had the privilege to gain relationships with many developers in our area. My years of experience in the field has allowed me to accept my calling as a business representative of Laborers Loca l185 where I have spent time as a business representative, auditor and currently the President of the Local. During this 16 year tenure, I have gained solid relationships with employers, various mayors, city council members, contractors, and with many of the various trades and associations. More importantly I have gained relationships with the members of Local 185. I have shared many personal moments with our members such as weddings, new additions to the family, and unfortunately loss of loved ones. But I understand the importance of supporting our members during impactful life events. With my gained knowledge, values, relationships and experiences during my employment I will continue to fight for our members to gain consistent employment, assuring safety protocols on job sites, and assuring equal opportunity for all members by assuring their voices are heard.
I am privileged and honored to represent Local 185!
In 2004, AC was honored to be offered a position as a Business Representative for Laborers Local 185. During the last 16 years, he had gained knowledge through experience and many training classes the Union provided him. AC has held many positions as a; Executive Board Member, Recording Secretary for 10 years, Delegate to District Council 10 years, Delegate to International Convention . All of his years’ experience gives Brother AC the ability to support all members of Laborers Local 185 better each year.
Brother AC believes in the Union because the Union has given him an opportunity to provide for what matters to him most, his family. Brother AC has a wonderful wife. They have two children, their son, who is in his third year in college and daughter who will be a freshman in high school. They are very grateful for all the opportunities that the Union has given the entire family.
Jaime Torres started off in the Plastering Industry 1996. On Brother Jaime’s first day as Plaster tender he started off by being a hose tugger on a stucco crew. Brother Jaime had a blast working for great signatory contractors & working alongside great Hod Carriers brother Jaime & his crew would do anything to get the job done in a timely & safe manor. Brother Jaime is thankful for his co-workers who helped guide him in a professional & personal level. Brother Jaime still values these friendships with his brothers & sisters today. When Brothers Jaime’s plastering career slowed down he moved on to be a Mason Hod Carrier an even more challenging job to many. Because of Brother Jaime’s relationship with 185 along with his volunteering for political events, as well of his active participation in Union meetings. Brother Jaime was entrusted with the task of being a Steward for Laborers Local 185 on critical projects such as Mule Creek, and the First Phase on Sacramento County B N R projects. Brother Jaime then became a Pipeline Steward for 3 years where he was assigned to protect our Membership & Jurisdiction as Laborers. With Brother Jaime’s vast knowledge in being a Plaster Tender, Mason Hod Carrier & Pipeliner along with being a go to steward for Local 185, Brother Jaime was brought aboard to serve Local 185 as the Dispatcher & Business Representative for this great Membership.