The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor just sent out a helpful press release informing the world that the boss, Maria Elena Durazo, will attend the state dinner for Mexico's president Felipe Calderon on Wednesday night. The release flat out connects the visit and Durazo campaigning for President Obama in 2008, which I guess is sort of refreshing.
Following her Monday evening re-election for another four-year term as leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Maria Elena Durazo travels to Washington D.C. for Wednesday’s state dinner at the White House honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala as a guest of President Obama.
“I am honored to attend President and Mrs. Obama’s state dinner honoring the President and First Lady of Mexico,” Secretary-Treasurer Durazo says. “Our countries are inextricably linked through our economies, cultures, families and histories. We are also, of course, connected through our workforces and our immigration policies.”
In her upcoming term, Durazo pledges to boost labor’s organizing and political activism across Los Angeles County and continue emphatically leading the American labor movement in standing up for the rights of immigrant workers, in particular comprehensive federal immigration reform during 2010. Durazo was an early supporter of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served as a national co-chair of the Obama for President Campaign Committee. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor made more than four million calls to battleground states to help elect President Obama.