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In Memory of…

Celebrating the life and leadership of Union leaders, activists, and members that came before us.

Ginger was a truly kind and sweet soul. She was always ready to help out and lend a hand and was a pleasure to work with. She always tried her best. Ginger’s genuine goodness and willingness to help was always appreciated.  We will miss Gingers gentle demeanor and her kindness. 

Special thanks to Kristin Koch for providing such kind words about Ginger.

We learned this weekend that that Dan Pennisi had passed away Thursday evening, May 2nd. Dan had worked for CPFM for 5 years starting as a Custodian and moving his way up to a General Maintenance Mechanic. He was a Union member throughout his entire career at the UO. We’ve heard from several of Dan’s co-workers who wanted to share what a wonderful person he was. 

Our thoughts go out to Dan’s family, friends, and co-workers.   

Our hearts are breaking at the loss of our longtime devoted activist and brother-friend, James Paul Jacobson. James left us on October 27th, 2023.

James spent much of his time building Union power with his SEIU Sublocal 085 at the University of Oregon and on the Board of Directors, and as a voice against discrimination and for respect with the Lavender Caucus. He continued that positive work as an active member of the Retiree Sublocal 001. 

On October 10/19, we lost another beloved Union sibling. Stephen Mosley has been a long time member and union activist. Stephen will be remembered by many for his smile and friendly attitude. We are still reeling from the shock of his sudden passing but our hearts are with his family and his co-workers during this time.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of one of our own here at the UO.

On July 1st, 2023 – Tom Rozinski, one of our outstanding leaders and a CAT for Allen Hall, unexpectedly died. Tom played a crucial role in both the sub-local and SEIU 503. He had a deep love for his Union siblings and fellow University colleagues. Tom always went above and beyond. He personified what it meant to support others.

 TK Landázuri in her incarnation as S.L.U.G. Queen Slugretha Latifah Uleafa Gastropodia Jackson, at the Oregon Country Fair in 2009, waiting to see a performance of Carmina Burana with fire dancers.

It is with a very heavy heart that we received the sad news that our beloved member TK Landázuri passed away on Monday, February 8th, 2021.

Many of you may remember TK as she was our Union liaison and worked with many of our members when they had a hardship leave request.

TK worked at the UO for 35 years and was an inspiration to many members with her dedication and love for her union. She proudly wore her t-shirt, had her union posters up, and loved to sing in the Labor Choir alongside her husband David and fellow union members.

TK will be remembered by her co-workers as someone who had a beautiful, warmed hearted soul and was supportive, understanding, inspirational, joyful, and the best employee a boss could ever have. The loss of TK has been felt by all over campus and our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this difficult time.

Words that Johnny Earl spoke in honor of TK at our last monthly meeting:

“MEDITATIONS BEFORE KADDISH

When I die give what’s left of me away

to children and old men that wait to die.

And if you need to cry,

cry for your brother walking the street beside you.

And when you need me, put your arms around anyone

and give them what you need to give me.

I want to leave you something,

something better than words or sounds.

Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved,

and if you cannot give me away,

at least let me live in your eyes and not your mind.

You can love me best by letting hands touch hands,

and by letting go of children that need to be free.

Love doesn’t die, people do.

So, when all that’s left of me is love,

give me away.”