Richard E. Dalton began working in the construction industry in 1979 when he entered the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship program. After completing the program, he honed his skills and rose through the ranks working in the highway, building, and steel mill industries operating traditional heavy equipment and robotic equipment. He finished his career in the field as a Master Mechanic.
While working in the field as an Operating Engineer he also served as an Advisory Board member of Local 18 District 4 (Dayton) and as a Hazmat instructor for the Apprenticeship program.
His background in the field and his interest in Organized Labor led to a position as an Organizer/Business Representative for Local 18 in September of 1988. As an Organizer/ Business Representative he was successful in organizing numerous contractors, and negotiated the $5 billion hazardous waste cleanup of the Fernald Department of Energy (DOE) Uranium Processing Facility. During this time he also served as a certified Radiation (RAD) instructor and Safety Training Passport (STP) instructor.
In November 1994 he was appointed Business Representative in the Dayton District Office. During his time as Business Representative he served as a delegate to the Dayton AFL-CIO Executive Board and Butler County and Dayton Building and Construction Trades councils where he negotiated several project labor agreements. As a delegate to the Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council he was appointed to the committee representing the AK Steel Safety Council and was instrumental in negotiating the SHIELD Safety Training Program.
On October 1, 1998 he was appointed District Representative of the Dayton District Office where he oversaw all district operations and negotiated numerous contracts for gravel, limestone and steel mill services. He was also appointed to the negotiating committee for the statewide agreements with the Ohio Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of Ohio.