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March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2006 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
At 21, the farmworker from Delano with an eighth-grade education hopped an airplane for the first time, with $20, a bag of UFW buttons to sell and the name of a Chicago postal worker loyal to the union cause. The kid from the tiny town in the Central Valley who landed on John Armendariz's doorstep in 1967 was totally green -- amazed at the city traffic, baffled by Chicago's El and faced with a daunting task: Get supermarkets to stop selling grapes.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After 21 days without eating, three protesters who want House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday by sharing a loaf of bread and a cup of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol, but other protesters immediately began fasting in their place. The three, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, said that they drank only water over the last three weeks and that each lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles, was hospitalized briefly Sunday for low levels of sodium but kept fasting until Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1987
A janitors union Monday sued the maintenance company hired by the San Diego Unified Port District to clean Lindbergh Field terminals, charging the company with failure to live up to a bargaining agreement. The Service Employees International Union, Local 102, filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Calhoun Maintenance Co. Earlier this year, Calhoun recognized Local 102 as the bargaining agent for about 75 janitors who clean the airport terminals.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health. Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, have not eaten for 18 days and are drinking only water. Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill that has stalled in the House.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit Friday to immigration advocates who have been fasting on the National Mall, lending White House support to the push for House Speaker John A. Boehner to take up the proposed immigration law overhaul now stalled in the House. “As my father would say, come hell or high water, we're going to win this,” Biden told the group, according to organizers of the fast, now in its 11th day. Boehner insisted this week that Republicans in the House are committed to considering immigration legislation , but he declined to say when they would take up the issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1987 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
The San Diego Unified Port District and a maintenance company hired by the district to clean Lindbergh Field terminals were sued Friday by several janitors and a service employees union who say some workers are not receiving the pay and other benefits required by contract. Port District spokesman Dan Wilkens said the Port District is aware of the dispute between Calhoun Maintenance Co.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON -- Forty protesters, including union leader Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, were arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking passage outside the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration urging the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As they chanted and held up signs saying, “GOP, do you want our vote?” about 200 protesters from pro-immigrant union and community groups called for the House to take up the Senate bill, which passed June 27. The Senate legislation would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a pathway to citizenship while adding $30 billion for border security.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health. Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, have not eaten for 18 days and are drinking only water. Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill that has stalled in the House.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit Friday to immigration advocates who have been fasting on the National Mall, lending White House support to the push for House Speaker John A. Boehner to take up the proposed immigration law overhaul now stalled in the House. “As my father would say, come hell or high water, we're going to win this,” Biden told the group, according to organizers of the fast, now in its 11th day. Boehner insisted this week that Republicans in the House are committed to considering immigration legislation , but he declined to say when they would take up the issue.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON -- Forty protesters, including union leader Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, were arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking passage outside the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration urging the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As they chanted and held up signs saying, “GOP, do you want our vote?” about 200 protesters from pro-immigrant union and community groups called for the House to take up the Senate bill, which passed June 27. The Senate legislation would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a pathway to citizenship while adding $30 billion for border security.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, according to officials briefed on the plans. While key tactical decisions are still being made, President Obama wants a catch-all bill that would also bolster border security measures, ratchet up penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, and make it easier to bring in foreign workers under special visas, among other elements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2006 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
At 21, the farmworker from Delano with an eighth-grade education hopped an airplane for the first time, with $20, a bag of UFW buttons to sell and the name of a Chicago postal worker loyal to the union cause. The kid from the tiny town in the Central Valley who landed on John Armendariz's doorstep in 1967 was totally green -- amazed at the city traffic, baffled by Chicago's El and faced with a daunting task: Get supermarkets to stop selling grapes.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - After 21 days without eating, three protesters who want House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill ended their fast Tuesday by sharing a loaf of bread and a cup of organic apple juice at the steps of the Capitol, but other protesters immediately began fasting in their place. The three, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, said that they drank only water over the last three weeks and that each lost more than 20 pounds. Dae Joong Yoon, a Korean American community leader from Los Angeles, was hospitalized briefly Sunday for low levels of sodium but kept fasting until Tuesday.
NATIONAL
December 7, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, according to officials briefed on the plans. While key tactical decisions are still being made, President Obama wants a catch-all bill that would also bolster border security measures, ratchet up penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, and make it easier to bring in foreign workers under special visas, among other elements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1996
Eliseo Medina, 50, is executive director of Service Employees International Union, Local 2028, in San Diego. He is running (virtually) unopposed for national SEIU office. If elected, he will be the first top-ranking Latino in the history of the union, which has an increasingly Latino membership in public sector jobs and among janitorial and service workers. Medina began his career during the United Farm Workers' grape strike in 1965, and eventually became second vice-president to Cesar Chavez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1987
A janitors union Monday sued the maintenance company hired by the San Diego Unified Port District to clean Lindbergh Field terminals, charging the company with failure to live up to a bargaining agreement. The Service Employees International Union, Local 102, filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Calhoun Maintenance Co. Earlier this year, Calhoun recognized Local 102 as the bargaining agent for about 75 janitors who clean the airport terminals.
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