Meeting of October 31, 2018 - Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment
Veronica Girón is a janitorial worker, union leader, educator and mother of two who came to the United States from El Salvador eighteen years ago. As a worker in the janitorial industry and member of SEIU United Service Workers West, she helped to lead the Ya Basta! campaign and participated in the hunger strike that led to passage of California Assembly Bill (A.B.) 1978, the Property Service Workers Protection Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016. She also participated in a similar hunger strike as part of a coalition effort in New York and currently is working on the campaign to pass A.B. 2079, legislation which would support peer education and advocacy on sexual harassment in the janitorial industry. She is active in the National TPS Alliance, which is pushing for legislation for approximately 450,000 TPS holders to obtain permanent residency in the USA. Ms. Girón is a community mental health and HIV prevention educator for Los Angeles County and a trained anti-violence educator in her union. She gives self-defense classes and is currently obtaining a diploma in first aid/emergency response for immigrants with a focus on women and children, through a program of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, and OIM.