For her decades of work in labor to help lift up the lives of ordinary workers, SEIU Local 521’s Chief Elected Officer Luisa Blue has been named among the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” by the Filipina Women’s Network.
The award, presented to Luisa during the Oct. 29-31 Annual Filipina Leadership Global Summit in San Francisco, honors “Filipina women who are changing the face of power in their local communities and in their adopted countries they now call home.”
“As an RN and a PHN for Santa Clara County Public Health Department, it is a great honor to know her and such an inspiration for me as a Filipina and a nurse.”
– Ethel Foronda, PHN, Santa Clara County
Luisa’s 15-word acceptance speech summed up all the characteristics that embody her life and her life’s work: “Nurse. Union Organizer. Hell Raiser. Labor History. Manongs. Delano. Strike. Respect. Justice. Unite. Fight. Win.”
View the video of her acceptance speech here:
“Being in the midst of incredible and very inspiring innovators, builders, thinkers, influencers, mavericks and leaders is amazing! As Colonel Shirley Raguindin remarked, ‘Do what you can in the time that you have in the place that you are.’ Luisa Blue has done this for decades and continues to fight for equality and justice. She’s definitely a role model for our next generation of leaders… definitely for me!”
– Marilyn Mara, PHN, Santa Clara County
According to the organization, the award recognizes those who have achieved outstanding work in their fields and who are recognized for their leadership in the global workplace and their local communities.
FWN is a San Francisco-based non-profit professional organization that helps build women’s capacities to lead and to build the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders in both the public and private sector.
In addition to her SEIU work, Luisa is a national leader for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO and was elected twice as the national president. She continues to serve on the APALA Executive Board.