SHOUT OUT! August 6, 2017

Sunday Shout Out , August 6,  2017

Member Laila Weeks is having a gallery opening of her work next Friday, August 11th at Exhibit 208, at 208 Broadway SE in ABQ.  The opening is Friday from 5-9pm and the show runs Aug. 11 – Sept. 2nd.  from  The link to the gallery is:

Congratulations to Laila! We hope you can make it out to support her and view her work.

A description of the show:

It’s 2017, and here we are, humans on planet Earth.  But we’re also humans plugged in, humans connected to one another on a scale heretofore unimaginable.  We sleep with phones in our beds and wonder about emails that might not have come off as we had intended.  US presidents tweet.  Communication has obviously changed.  How we understand ourselves in our world has changed.  How we think about our world itself has changed.  Digital experiences affect physical experiences.  Some knowledge, once imbibed, forever affects all other knowledge that comes after it.  This is one facet of my recent paintings.  I’m looking at humanity in the digital era while painting with a physical brush.  We live in two worlds.  I am looking, noticing, and not ever able to pass judgement.  In some ways I feel that the changes that we have collectively experienced are akin to a loss of innocence.  On the other hand, they may amount to a right of passage.  I look with wonder, amazement, confusion, disgust, trepidation, and always amusement at our moment in time.

As always, my work deals with extremes, dualities, dichotomies, harmonies, and contradictions.  The human experience is dynamic, varied, surprising, and incomprehensible.  How strange. How magnificent.

Laila Weeks

SHOUT OUT! August 13, 2017

Sunday Shout Out , August 13,  2017

The Local 480 office staff would like to say a big thank you and give a shout out to those members who have been especially kind and thoughtful in their dealings with us lately. We get that it’s easy to vent frustrations on the nearest target, especially if you’re facing financial difficulties or finding it confusing to deal with benefits complexities (although it’s equally easy to be civil). But this past week we’ve had several members express their appreciation for the help we’ve given them in such a gracious way that it has been uplifting for the whole staff. A big hug back at you!

SHOUT OUT! August 27, 2017

Sunday Shout Out , August 27, 2017

Member Aaron Armendariz was notified this week that he has been granted sponsorship by Ultra Poi. Congratulations Brother Armendariz, exciting news! If you’re not familiar with Ultra Poi you can find out more about them by clicking this link: Aaron says he looks forward to having an opportunity to show his talent to his 480 Brothers & Sisters soon.

SHOUT OUT! September 3, 2017

Sunday Shout Out , September 3, 2017


This week we have 2 Shout Outs!

Member Andy Linderkamp is world famous in Lincoln, Nebraska!

“Outside the NASA tent near Homestead’s Heritage Center, Andy Linderkamp adjusted the brightness on his professional welder’s helmet for optimal viewing as he waited for his brother.”

Homestead delivers as sought-out eclipse viewing location | Local |


From Member Liz Marshall:

Member Liz Marshall’s daughter has just turned there. In those years, she has completed a Master’s Degree in School Administration, as well as a Master’s in Museum Studies in addition to her BFA in Theater Design.

All the while she has remained active in the union doing commercials such as the recent Volkswagen ad for Shark Week on Discovery Channel and NMDOT’s.

I would have been unable to do any of this without the assistance of some of my union brothers and sisters.

A very, extra huge thank you to Mallory Hemerlein. I can’t even imagine having done this without her. A special thanks to the amazing Melanie Kirk. So many others have been generous, kind and wonderful these last few years, both union and non-union.
I feel lucky to know you all. THANK YOU!!!