Los Angeles Labor Movement Mourns the Loss of Labor Leader Mike Garcia


Monday, March 27, 2017

Contact: Gabriella Landeros, 213-446-8801, gabriella@thelafed.org

Los Angeles, CA – The following statement was issued by Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO on the passing of former SEIU United Service Workers-West (USWW) president Mike Garcia:

“The Los Angeles Labor Movement lost one of its greatest labor leaders, Mike Garcia. He was transformative in organizing immigrant workers through the Justice for Janitors movement as longtime president of SEIU 1877 and USWW, Board member, and a strong national leader of SEIU.

“He truly was the definition of transformative. In 2000, Mike led a historic strike in Los Angeles – with workers at 500 worksites walking off the job for three weeks – that restored the lost power to the janitors. Mike was a force to be reckoned with even outside Los Angeles. He used his power to win organizing rights for the janitors in Orange County and brought janitors from the Bay Area and Los Angeles into one union.

“On behalf of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, we send our sincerest condolences to Mike’s family, friends, colleagues, and the millions of union members he impacted throughout his career.

“His longtime leadership, passion, and dedication to the Los Angeles Labor Movement was no small feat. His legacy will continue to live on in our hearts and minds.”