Communications Information Representative, Bureau of Contract and Administration
When a huge water main burst in Hollywood last year, Danielle Jupiter was part of the team that helped deal with the high-profile incident.
“That day we had to send so many inspectors out to that site,” she said. “If the inspectors aren’t there, they can’t close up the holes and water mains, things like that.”
As a communications information representative for the Bureau of Contract and Administration, Jupiter works on the dispatch team that schedules inspections for companies that contract with the city of Los Angeles. The inspectors head out to various projects to ensure they’re up to code and safety standards. Projects include everything from emergency sewer repairs to excavations to gas line checks.
Jupiter’s favorite part of the job is being able to gain expertise about construction, which she is new to. She was actually the first person to hold her position and trained the other three dispatchers who later joined the team.
She’s currently training to be a steward, a program she didn’t even know about until she learned that Local 3090 leadership had recommended her for it.
“A lot of people say I should have gone to school to be a lawyer because I like to argue and prove a point,” Jupiter said. “I’m all about helping out and fighting for someone’s rights when I know that you’re being treated unfairly.”
She’s especially proud of Local 3090, often boasting about the union to co-workers.
“It’s very important to be a part of the union because you have representation and you have a voice behind any situation you may face with your employer or other employees,” Jupiter said. “It’s very important to have a strong organization such as Local 3090.”