As we begin the Fall season, we are pleased to continue to welcome back dozens of our sisters and brothers who have recently been recalled back to work. Many of our represented work groups which are tied in with tourism have almost fully reopened which is good news for those members who have made working in those industries their life’s work.

One segment which has not yet reopened is the parking/transportation services at the San Diego International Airport. Estimates and timetables for resuming those operations lie with the San Diego County Airport Authority. While we monitor any reopening announcements from the Airport Authority, we maintain our communications with these membership groups who are still struggling.

We continue to make it our primary mission to ensure that none of our members or their families go without food, get evicted from their homes or have their power, heating/cooling or water shut off.

If you find yourself in a dire situation where you are struggling with any of these circumstances, there is information on resources concerning unemployment, food distribution, rent/mortgage and utility bill assistance that may be available to our members. Visit our website for access to information we have put together. Members can also call our office and we can provide them with this information.

We are doing the best we can to provide referrals and assistance to any of our members who are struggling with reduced hours, furloughed status, or layoffs. This type of commitment to provide our members with these types of services will continue from Local 481 until this pandemic is completely over.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as our internal operations have also been impacted. You have been gracious and we appreciate your support as we continue to navigate through this situation and adjust.

We will get through this together. `

Distribution of the booklet version of the Ryder Truck Rental contract has started. If you have not received yours yet, please contact one of your negotiating committee members or call our office and we can send you one.

Distribution of the Zoo contract and SP-Plus Airport Car Rental Transportation Services contract has been completed. If you have not received yours, please contact one of your stewards or call our office and we can send you one.  

On the political front, earlier this year the PRO Act (H.R. 842), passed in the House of Representatives. This bill would level the playing field for unions to organize new units and would be the most expansive labor relations legislation since the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. Please contact your US Senators (Diane Feinstein (619) 231-9712 and Alex Padilla (619) 239-3884) and let them know how important the PRO Act is for working families and that you expect them to support its passage.

Stay tuned to this newspaper and our website (www.teamsters481.org) for the most up-to-date and accurate information on all these developing situations.

The Teamsters International has a network with regional and local resources to monitor all these concerns. That is the benefit of being part of an International Union. We possess the power to make a difference from Washington DC to City Hall. Our website (www.teamsters481.org) has an array of resources tied into all these matters. Visit often and keep informed on these issues that are important to you and your family.

In scholarship news, as we go to press, the 2021 Local 481 Scholarship Program has now come to a close. We will announce the recipients by the beginning of October.  

We are proud to announce that the daughter of one of our members Miguel Mendoza from Penske, has been awarded several scholarship awards this year. Brother Mendoza’s daughter, Liliana Mendoza was awarded not only a scholarship from the James R. Hoffa Scholarship Program, but also a scholarship award from the John. S. Lyons Memorial Foundation as well. Congratulations from all of us at Local 481 to the entire Mendoza family on this great news and significant achievement.