Statement on Departure of Maria Elena Durazo from the LA County Federation of Labor

It would be hard to overstate Maria Elena Durazo’s importance to Los Angeles County.

Just over eight years ago, she became Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. During that time, Maria Elena, turned a powerful labor union into a mighty labor movement. In no other city in the United States do advocates for working people – often the working poor – have the voice they do here, and that is in large part to her tireless leadership.

We have worked together for more than 30 years and whether it was pushing for local hiring policies on government construction projects, securing project labor agreements or advocating for a livable wage, I have been honored to stand by her side. I wish her well in her future endeavors and know she will always be an advocate for the rights of working men and women and their families.