Honoring our Labor Legacy

Labor_Legacy_Web_banner_595px174p.jpgJoin Southern California’s elected, community and labor leaders in honoring the legacy of four extraordinary individuals who have left their indelible mark in the lives of working families, the communities we live in and our labor movement at the First Annual Labor Legacy Awards hosted by SEIU Local 721

 on Friday, March 27. 

This special event starts at 6 p.m., at the SEIU 72 union hall on 1545 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

Mary-Kay_Henry_80x80.jpgSEIU 721 is proud to announce that SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry will be joining us for the Labor Legacy Awards!
The honorees are:
Eliseo_Medina_80x80_tls.jpg• Eliseo Medina – Described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most successful labor organizers in the country,” Eliseo is currently leading SEIU’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation’s economy, secures equal labor and civil rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions. He is the former International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union.

SEIU_Valarie_Long_80x80.jpg• Valarie Long – Known first and foremost as a courageous activist and organizer, Valarie continues to be pivotal to creating and nurturing the scale of talented and inclusive leaders needed to lead the movement for social and economic justice for generations to come. She is also the Executive Vice President of the Property Services Division of the Service Employees International Union


Mike_Garcia_80x80_tls.jpg• Mike Garcia – An incessant fighter determined to push back against corporate greed, Mike is known for his leadership in the Justice for Janitors Campaign and today continues to be a key leader as the President of SEIU USWW, taking on a minimum wage industry that had been de-unionized by the commercial real estate giants and declaring key victories in wage increases, a voice at work and basic medical coverage.

Rev._William_Smart_80x80.jpg• Rev. William D. Smart Jr. – As the President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California, Rev. Smart carries the voice of the people’s struggle, never missing an opportunity to bless our communities with a message of hope. Rev. Smart’s leadership in our shared struggle to lift working families up and protect good middle-class jobs has been vital in our continued movement to secure social and economic justice.

Seating is limited so please RSVP to Melinda Chuarn at (213) 368-8602 or