SEIU strengthens voice of Asian American and Pacific Islander workers in highest governing body

Today at the May meeting of the International Executive Board (IEB) of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), SEIU President Mary Kay Henry swore in Luisa Blue and Courtni Pugh as new IEB members.

Luisa Blue is Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521 which represents 55,000 workers who provide vital community services in the diverse central California region.

Their appointment strengthens the voice of SEIU’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)  members, a growing segment of America’s labor movement, and reinforces how the diversity of SEIU’s 2.1 million members is a source of strength for the union.

“Luisa Blue and Courtni Pugh have the experience of being treated as ‘other’ and leading a movement that respects ‘us’ and understanding we are all in this together,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. “They have long been strong voices for organizing workers and our communities to be powerful forces for economic and democratic changes that benefit everyone.”

Learn more about Blue and Pugh’s history of involvement in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

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