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Powerful L.A. labor boss Maria Elena Durazo leaving county union group
Powerful L.A. labor boss Maria Elena Durazo leaving county union group

Maria Elena Durazo, a major force in political and worker issues as head the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, is leaving that post for a national union position in which she will focus on national immigration reform. Durazo is shifting from the county labor organization she headed for 8-1/2 years to a become a vice president for immigration, civil rights and diversity at UNITE HERE, the nationwide union for hospitality and casino workers. She previously served for nearly 17 years as head of that union’s Los Angeles unit, Local 11. Durazo said she was taking “the next step in my life’s work” because the county organization was well positioned to represent...

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