Connections 2004: Remembering Andy Lujan
1944 - 2004
Andy Lujan, a Teamster for 34 years, died suddenly on
February 25, 2004, at the age of 59. A native San Franciscan,
Andy joined Teamsters Local 860 in 1969 when he got
a job at Cost Plus Stores’Fishermen’s Wharf
warehouse. He soon became a Shop Steward and was a strong
advocate for his fellow workers. The 1976 negotiations
were tough and the Local 860 members voted to strike.
Andy was on the picket line for at least 18 hours every
day, setting an example for other strikers on the line.
The Union won the strike.
After the Cost Plus Warehouse closed in the early 90s,
Andy was dispatched to Macy’s downtown store and
quickly became the Shop Steward at Macy’s. During
his tenure, Andy participated in several grievance meetings
as well as negotiations. As in the past, Andy fought
for his fellow Teamsters so they could live a better
Andy participated in the activities of the Local as
well as the International. Wherever there was a picket
line, Andy would be there. Most recently, he was on
the picket line supporting Southern California’s
70,000 retail clerks fighting for health care.
Andy was a very generous man. Whenever the jar was
passed for any cause—supporting members on strike,
purchasing raffle tickets for the Teamsters Assistance
Program, or donating to the MS fund, Andy was the first
to give. With his countless hours of volunteering at
phone banks, precinct walks and picket lines, Andy never
asked for anything in return or recognition. In addition
to his union activities, Andy was very active in St.
Peters Parish in San Francisco. He was also a huge Forty-
Niner’s fan and a long-time season ticket holder.
Andy was truly unique. He will be missed.
—John C. Becker, Sr.