Our Roots And Our Proud Tradition
Founded In 1939
The year was 1939. The film “Wizard of Oz” opened in New York City, the first U.S. food stamps were issued, and baseball legend Lou Gehrig was forced to quit baseball due to illness. And in the same year that Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany, thus marking the beginning of World War II, progressive-thinking labor officials founded Local 495 and chartered the union to organize worksites automotive in nature.
The Local’s first Secretary-Treasurer was union veteran Frank Hatfield, Sr., whose focus and enthusiasm helped 495 become one of the strongest and most recognized locals in the west. He quickly began organizing parking attendants in Los Angeles, branching out to restaurants, valet services, and the many downtown lots. The visionary also hit the California racetracks and organized all of the parking personnel.