About Us | Local 229
About Us

The International Association of Bridge and Structural Ironworkers Local 229 was chartered June 26, 1918, in San Diego. Today, Local 229 has 1,423 members, made up of 782 journeymen, 262 apprentices, 322 retirees and 3 in military service. Its leaders are:


Johnny Galvan
Business Manager and
Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Joe Blair

Carlos Velasco
Vice President

James Alvernaz
Business Agent

Jarrett Handrick
Recording Secretary

Thane St. Clair
Sergeant At Arms

Marisol Ortega


Lester Otey
Randye Hedgecoke
Marisol Ortega

Executive Board

John Sonka
Johnny Swanson
Micahel Swanson
Ricardo Martinez
David Johnson

Examining Board

John Sonka
Darrin Valletta
Randye Hedgecoke

Office Staff

Helly Azhocar-Garcia

Learn more about Local 229 by viewing past newsletters and a photo gallery of the projects and people that help Local 229 excel.

Local 229 works in conjunction with other organized labor organizations – including the AFL-CIO to promote policies and information sharing that benefit working families, both in San Diego and Imperial counties, and across the United States.

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council is the AFL-CIO’s local affiliate, which includes 125 local labor groups.