My qualifications include experience in the public sector as a social worker, housing specialist for a non-profit agency, and in the private sector as an attorney.
My journey working with unions started as a young man when I did volunteer work for the United Farm Workers Union in the late 60‚Äôs and 70‚Äôs in California and Idaho.¬† My early exposure included participation in union actions, the Chicano movement, and civil resistance to the Viet Nam war.¬† This taught me the importance of people working together in unity and solidarity to create social change.
My life experiences as a child growing up in a Mexican family in a white majority country and working through the racist system have taught me lessons and given me life experiences which qualifies me for the position of Vice- President of SEIU 503.¬† I grew up in a family that was always in ‚Äúsurvival mode‚ÄĚ just as many of our 503 members experience.
The experiences I‚Äôve gained as a union member over the past 7 years have built the foundation which qualifies me for Vice-President. ¬†In November 2012, I became a union Steward in DHS/CW, a position I still hold.¬† I‚Äôve completed a 2-year term as an elected delegate for CAPE and re-elected to a second term. ¬†I serve as a CAPE Regional Chair, and member of the CAPE Executive Board.¬† I am Chair of sub-local 201, serving my second term.¬† I have the honor of serving as a Co-Chair of our 503 Civil and Human Rights Committee.¬† I ‚Äėam an active member and leader of the Latino Caucus.¬† As a member of Local 503, I have participated in Work Groups in conjunction with DHS/CW, and recently appointed to the General Council Planning Committee.
My decision to seek the position of Vice-President gives me an opportunity to serve in an important leadership role to bring diversity, unity, solidarity and a voice to our union.¬† I will strive to bring greater access to information for our members and broaden the diversification and participation of groups within our total membership.
I am asking for your vote.¬† Your vote for me is a positive step towards the future of Local 503 and brings a voice to the board that has been under represented.
In my personal life, I have two great sons and five grandchildren.¬† I am a Backpacker, Kayaker, Kite flyer and do life, one day at a