As we enter the Fall season, unfortunately we have been hit again with rather unpleasant circumstances.

Several of our members we have known for many years were taken away from us since our last report in July. Those members are Leonardo Mora from Avis, Maria Ortiz from Ace Parking and Concepcion Vallejo from Hertz.

Leonardo (Leo) Mora began his membership with us in 2007 under the Shuttle Driver agreement we have with Avis. From that point going forward, Leo reached out to us and wanted to get involved and assist us with whatever we needed help with. Whether it was helping to investigate workplace issues, communicate information or participate at the bargaining table with us during negotiations, we could always count on Brother Mora to be there to support not only our office, but his coworkers as well.

Maria Ortiz joined our local in 2001 as part of the Airport Shuttle Operations unit run by Ace Parking. As with many of our work groups where we have drivers who transport passengers, many of these professional drivers work for multiple Employers who need qualified drivers who are certified to carry passengers. In Maria’s case, in addition to working at the Airport for Ace, Maria also worked for various Employers driving school busses transporting students to and from school. Maria took pride in her abilities and skill to transport all her passengers safely and efficiently from point A to point B.

Concepcion (Connie) Vallejo became a member of the Teamsters as part of her employment as a Counter Sales Representative (CSR) at the Hertz San Diego Airport location. Her warm and friendly demeanor towards her customers is well known as Connie had many clients who would specifically ask for her when they returned to San Diego for business or on vacation. Sister Vallejo was always one of the top performing employees in sales and accordingly she received several accommodations from Hertz corporate headquarters during her 20+ year career.

Collectively, Brother Mora and Sisters Ortiz and Vallejo represent over 50 years of Teamsters membership. An impressive accomplishment in and of itself, but the impact all of them have left with all of us for not only their career longevity and professionalism, but to their loyalty to their union is what we all appreciate about all of them.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we send our sincere condolences to Leo, Maria and Connie’s entire families, including their friends and coworkers. Please know that they will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

On behalf of the Officers, Staff and membership of Teamsters Local 481, our sincere condolences.

To our Brother Leo Mora, Sister Maria Ortiz and Sister Connie Vallejo, rest in peace.