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Labor Leader Mar?¡a Elena Durazo to be Conferred Honorary Degree

Cal State L.A. to hold honorary doctorate ceremony during Saturday Commencement

By Margie Low
Published on LatinoLA: June 12, 2014


Labor Leader Mar?¡a Elena Durazo to be Conferred Honorary Degree


Mar?¡a Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, will be conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Lettersfrom the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees during Cal State L.A.'s Commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.

Durazo was elected to serve as executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO on May 15, 2006. In 2010, she was re-elected to her second term with overwhelming delegate support, affirming her track record of energetic leadership and innovative growth in Los Angeles County's labor movement.

Through more than 300 local unions, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor represents more than 600,000 workers in every key industry, including transportation/goods movement; entertainment/media; services including janitorial and hospitality; education and construction; public sector and retail; health care and communications, to name a few.

The daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers, Durazo learned the importance of hard work and determination at a very young age. As a child, she traveled from Oregon to California with her parents and nine siblings to work in the fields.

In 2010, Durazo was elected as vice president of the national AFL-CIO Executive Council where she served as the only leader of a local labor movement in the country. She is also the chair of the National AFL-CIO's Immigration Committee.

In 2013, Durazo was elected as vice chair for the Democratic National Committee, DNC. She served as a national co-chair for President Obama's campaigns in 2008 and 2012. She also had the great honor of serving as vice chair to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.

During a three-day festivity filled with pride and celebrations, Cal State L.A. will confer more than 5,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during this year's Commencement exercises June 13-15. For details, see: http://www.calstatela.edu/commencement/.

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