Secretary-Treasurer Jorge Dueñas is originally from Mexico, where he owned his own business. In the 1990s, Jorge immigrated to the US to start a new life with his partner. He worked as a hotel cleaner while learning English and became a referral coordinator at a healthcare nonprofit. Speaking up on behalf of coworkers who experienced sexual harassment on the job inspired him to become a shop steward with his union, and his activism grew into a position at SEIU6, where he has worked for over 20 years.
“My vision is to make this local stronger by embracing new technologies and different ways to organize to defend and protect workers. There is too much exploitation of workers in our industries. When you’re new to the US, they assume you’ve got nothing. I believe that we have the right leadership at SEIU6 because we have young people leading us into the future.”