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AGC of California Grows Industrial Relations Advocacy Team

The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its advocacy team. John Cooper will be the Director of Industrial Relations for Northern California and Bryan Mathews will join AGC as Senior Compliance & Grievance Manager for Northern California.
“I’m excited to have John and Bryan join our growing advocacy team,” said chief executive officer Peter Tateishi. “They bring to the table an invaluable breadth of knowledge of industry relations as well as strong relationships with our members and industry leaders. Their work will be a significant asset to our members in Northern California and across the state.”
Cooper and Mathews join Robert Dugan, Vice President of Advocacy & Public Affairs and Jana Sangy, Director of Industrial Relations for Southern California, as part of AGC’s larger strategy to enhance industrial relations efforts on behalf of its members.
John Cooper transitions to Director of Industrial Relations for Northern California on July 16, 2018. In this new role, Cooper will be responsible for providing and managing the delivery of all related labor relations activities and services in Northern California. Cooper has been with AGC for 11 years, joining the organization as a Regional Manager and most recently served as Director, Joint Engineering Services. In his time at AGC, John has established important relationships with members and industry partners.
Bryan Mathews joins AGC as Senior Compliance & Grievance Manager for Northern California on July 16, 2018. He will be responsible for assisting in labor relations advocacy efforts, providing support to the Union Contractors Council, Trustee Coordinating Committee, craft committees and collect bargaining committees. Mathews joins AGC with more than fifteen years of experience in labor relations, project labor agreements, apprenticeship and California’s Prevailing Wage Law. Most recently he served as the jobs and compliance coordinator for California Rail Builders, working directly with Central Valley building trades councils and their respective unions on the California High Speed Rail project.
Cooper and Mathews will assume the duties of departing Contract Administrator, Industrial Relations (North) Sonal Bellino, who is departing AGC at the end of July.
“While we are sad to see Sonal leave AGC, where she has been an important team member for industrial relations, we wish her all the best in her new ventures with AGC member company, Teichert,” said Tateishi.