Gunder Hansen, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Sheridan Manor. Gunder was born on May 6, 1930 to Anna and Walt Hansen on a farm in Hurley, South Dakota. He learned to harness a team of horses to plow the fields at 10 years old. He also, was assigned to hand churn the butter. This early introduction to physical labor saw Gunder grow into a giant of a man.
He left home at 19 to make his way in the world. He found his way to Aransas Pass, Texas and discovered the ocean. That led to him joining the Merchant Marine and literally sailing all over the world, which included crossing the equator twice. While his ship was docked in Philadelphia, he decided to remain on dry land for a while and went to work for Trans America Trucking. He joined Teamster Local 107 and soon became a shop steward. He continued to sail from time to time and was drawn to Long Beach, California. Again, he decided to stay on dry land and transferred his union membership to Teamsters Local 692. It didn’t take long before he was hired on as a Business Agent and was assigned to police the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. He later started work at the Western Conference of Teamsters as an organizer. He organized agricultural workers in the Teamsters quest to improve conditions in the fields. Although, he spent most of his time organizing in the west, he also worked across the US and Canada.
Gunder married Carole Hanson on September 15, 1979. Anyone who knew Gunder, didn’t think anyone could manage this giant of a man. But, Carole proved them all wrong. She stayed with him until the end.
Gunder retired in 1987 during the time he and Carole lived in Story, Wyoming, before moving to Sheridan. He joined the Mason’s Lodge 43 and the Kalif Shrine. He joined the Eastern Star Friendship Chapter 51 and was a Worthy Patron to Carole’s Worthy Matron. Being in a rugged profession of union organizer, it was said of Gunder that he didn’t start many fights, but he certainly finished them. As Gunder grew older and needed assistance to get around, a neighbor commented, “It still wouldn’t be a good idea to get in his way.” His physical presence was only exceeded by his big heart and his willingness to help anyone in need.
Gunder is survived by his wife, Carole; niece, Diane Reiners, her husband, Jim and their daughters Stacy and Angie and four grandkids; a nephew, Larry and son’s Donovan and Jeremy; a nephew, Randall and a godson, Andrew Shaw of Ventura, CA; and numerous cousins.
Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Kalif Shriner’s Hospital Travel Fund, PO Box K, Sheridan, WY 82801 or the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Rd., Sheridan, WY 82801.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 952 ENDORSES COLONEL DOUG APPLEGATE (ret) FOR CONGRESS
November 8, 2017
“The Teamsters and Marine Colonel Doug Applegate sound the alarm on wealth disparity, homelessness and attacks on middle class tax deductions,” said Teamsters Union Local 952 Secretary Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly.
Orange, CA – Today, Teamsters endorse Doug Applegate for Congress at a joint press conference at the Local 952 Union Hall in Orange. Local 952 is one of hundreds of Teamster locals across America. The Teamsters are one of the largest and most diverse unions in America with over 1.4 million members who work in various trades and industries.
Patrick D. Kelly, the Teamsters Union Local 952 Secretary Treasurer, said, “Colonel Applegate will be a transformational Congress person who will fight to protect mortgage interest deductions and California state and local tax deductions instead of giving America more tent cities like we have right here on the Santa Ana river bank.”
“Washington needs leaders who will represent all men and women; stand up against income disparity; and deliver affordable housing, healthcare, higher education, apprenticeships and jobs,” said Doug Applegate.
Doug Applegate will again challenge controversial incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa to represent the 49th District in the June 2018 primary. The Colonel in his first political contest fought to overcome the narrowest vote gap (1,621) in the 2016 Congressional election cycle. His race was the very last one finally called on December 8th, 2016.
Momentum for the Applegate campaign continues to grow. Some notable endorsements include California State Senator Toni Atkins, former Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Assemblymember Tom Daly, VoteVets, National Nurses United, CA State American Postal Workers Union, CA State Association of Letter Carriers, IBEW Locals 47 & 441, Ironworkers 433, Plasters Union Local 200, and Teamsters Joint Council 42.
The Organizing Workshop for the month of NOVEMBER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.
For more information, please call Organizers Jeff Sweet at (714) 740-6230, Stan Brown at (714) 501-6106 or Bobby Block at (714) 740-6238.
Patrick D. Kelly
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RE: STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE - NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
On Monday, October 2nd, Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 4th we took strike authorization votes.
We are very pleased to report the results of the vote as follows:
YES - 209 NO - 103
Negotiations are continuing on the following dates:
Monday, October 16, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
We’d like to thank all of those who supported this effort and participated in these events.
Prior to any strike taking place, there will be additional meetings and voting on either a tentative agreement or a last, best and final offer. Please sign up for receiving text messages with your shop steward.
If you have any questions, please contact a Steward or call your Business Representative Almeta Carter at (714) 887-9279. Thank you to you and your family for your support of the Teamsters Union.
Patrick D. Kelly
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