President Javalera, shown above with her leadership team, including officers, executive board, and trustees, were elected by acclamation on October 10, 2020.
Zenia Javalera and her slate of leaders were sworn in at the General Membership meeting held on January 9, 2021. The newly elected team is as follows:
Secretary-Treasurer – Jorge Dueñas
Vice President – Elsa Ogbe
Vice President – Lalesa Gurmessa
Retired Member-at-Large – Bruce Berkbigler
Non-Retired Member-at- Large – Carlos Villa Trujillo
SEIU6 Executive Board:
Jamila “Mimi” Culcleasure
President Javalera and her leadership team were elected by acclamation with no opposition at the SEIU6 Nominations Meeting on October 10, 2020.
Janitors, airport workers, security officers, and allied industry workers represented by SEIU6 Property Services NW elected Zenia Javalera and her slate of officers, executive board members, and trustees to lead the union in the upcoming 2021-2023 term. With no opposition, President Javalera’s slate was elected by acclamation, having delivered a support petition signed by nearly 1,000 members to the SEIU6 Election Committee.
“I am proud to stand with this leadership team, who each carry with them the first-hand experience of airport workers, janitors, security officers, and essential workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. We share a commitment to building power in our local, and a vision for engaging in the urgent fight for racial, social, and economic justice.”—President Zenia Javalera
President Javalera was a longtime organizer with SEIU6 before rising to leadership. In 2019, she was elected president by the executive board following the retirement of former SEIU6 President Sergio Salinas. Since becoming president, Javalera has led SEIU6 through the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting for safety protections for the local’s frontline workers, winning a pay increase for janitors, and overseeing the addition of 1300 new security officers on Amazon’s campus as members of SEIU6.
The newly elected slate of SEIU6 leadership is as follows:
President: Zenia Javalera
Secretary-Treasurer: Jorge Dueñas
Vice President: Elsa Ogbe
Vice President: Lalesa Gurmessa
Retired Member-at-Large: Bruce Berkbigler
Non-Retired Member-at-Large: Carlos Villa Trujillo
Jamila “Mimi” Culcleasure
In accordance with the SEIU6 Constitution and Bylaws, the new slate will be sworn in to begin their term in January, 2021.
Zenia Javalera will take over as president following her election by the Executive Board
It is with great sadness that the SEIU6 family announces the loss of longtime organizer and mentor David Ayala-Zamora. David passed away last night surrounded by family in Arizona.
“David was one of the very best community organizers. From El Salvador to Seattle, he brought his deep experience and his indomitable spirit to the struggle for working class justice. He was hands-on and he was honest, and he had everyone’s respect. David’s impact on our union is immeasurable. Over the past twenty years, we’ve been honored to call him organizer, field director, and advisor. But more than that, he was our brother and our friend.”
–Sergio Salinas, President, SEIU6
“David was a teacher of class struggle. It was in his bones. He was motivated by a genuine love for people. He fought for the working class, and he did everything with humor. We have learned so much from him.”
– Fred Prockiw, Director of Staff and Member Development, SEIU6
“Our hearts go out to David’s family and to his children. This is a great loss for us and for the labor community. David stood with us for so many fights, and even joined us once more at Sea-Tac to support airport workers’ call for healthcare earlier this month. We cannot overstate how much his presence, his wisdom, and his spirit have meant to our union.”
– Zenia Javalera, SEIU6 Secretary-Treasurer
Our union is strong because of members who step up, show up, and speak out. We want to honor two of our members who have done so much to empower their fellow workers over the course of many years.
Charles Pannell is a Shop Steward and Executive Board Member who has been active in our union since he started working janitorial at 999 3rd Ave in 1991.
Pannell got involved with the union during a contract fight. “The bosses wanted to give us a dime. We had the organizers on standby, and threated to walk off the job at midnight if they didn’t meet our demands. Just before midnight, the bosses relented. We got our money,” he said.
When he was volunteered to become his building’s shop steward, he asked himself, How bad can it be? “I’ve been one ever since,” he said. “You make a difference for your people.”
Jesus García-Sanchez (pictured left with President Salinas) has served for many years as a Shop Steward and Executive Board Member. He put his energy into nearly every contract fight our union has undertaken over the past 26 years, and our union is stronger because of him. García-Sanchez announced his retirement from our union’s Executive Board in March. President Salinas thanked him for his service, applauding him for having been an uncompromising supporter of workers’ rights for decades.
“Everything has a beginning and an end,” García-Sanchez said. “It is my hope that all of you will continue this fight.”
My Vote Is Essential
Essential workers on the frontlines of this pandemic have called on Congress to ensure PPE and essential pay, but so far the Republican Senate hasn’t listened. Today, on #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, SEIU6 essential workers are making it clear that our voices will be heard at the ballot box. Update your voter registration today: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx #MyVoteIsEssential #ProtectAllWorkers #JusticeForJanitors #PovertyDoesntFly #StandForSecurityPosted by SEIU6 Property Services NW on Tuesday, 22 September 2020