Oakland Hall Hosts Traditional Feast

Hundreds Attend Pre-Thanksgiving Event at 7th Street

January 2010

Back to Issue

In the Oakland, Calif., area, the annual pre-Thanksgiving feast hosted by the SIU is one of the first signs that the holidays are near.

The year 2009 was no exception, as friends, family members and other guests on Nov. 24 converged on the union hall at 1121 7th Street. Overall, more than 300 people attended the 19th annual event, which featured plenty of good food and fellowship.

As in years past, attendees included not only Seafarers, SIU retirees and their families, but also members and officials from other labor organizations, political representatives and local officials, company reps and others. No fewer than a dozen unions were represented at the hall.

Also in keeping with tradition, SIU Assistant Vice President Nick Celona worked closely with the committee that organized the celebration – an endeavor he described as “a total team effort and a labor of love.”

Celona stated, “We had a great turnout and as usual we couldn’t have done it without the outstanding support from rank-and-file members who volunteered for the occasion. It has been quite an experience over the years to see this event grow and become more and more popular.”

He added that Alioto’s Restaurant on Fishermen’s Wharf once again generously stepped forward to help ensure lots of scrumptious fare was available throughout the day. Union caterer Beli Deli also pitched in and did a great job, the SIU official noted.

SIU Bosun George Pino carried the U.S. Merchant Marine flag as he joined the color guard from the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Share |