The Legacy of LA Labor Boss Maria Elena Durazo

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Maria Elena Durazo has been President of the LA County Federation of Labor since 2005. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she now leads more than 600,000 union members here in LA. The LA Times says she’s helped make Labor “possibly the greatest single power in [the city’s] electoral politics.” Last year, six of seven candidates she supported won seats on the City Council. Now she’s taking what she calls, “the next step in [her] life’s work” — resigning from the Federation to be vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity at Unite Here, the union that represents restaurant, hospitality and casino workers nationwide.




Warren Olney