Meet Our Board: The Mesa Directiva
Maricela Flores works for Carlson Building Maintenance cleaning a Target store in the Twin Cities metro area. Maricela has been a key leader in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, having gone on strike multiple times, and being one of the five worker participants in meetings with Target Corporation that led to the company creating a Responsible Contractor Policy.
Silvia Hernandez worked for a temporary agency and cleaned the Airport Marriott. Silvia led almost her entire group of coworkers on a work stoppage to win a reduction in workload and the termination of a corrupt supervisor. She continues to fight to end retaliation for organizing and wage theft at the Marriott and beyond.
Silvia Martinez is a long time leader in CTUL She has been an active member of CTUL for over 5 years. She has played a leadership role in winning Earned Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis, the passing of the Statewide minimum wage in 2013 and is currently part of the Workers Rights Defenders Committee fighting to end wage theft.
Joe Bunce is one of the first 11 members of CTUL, joining in 2009 before the organization separated from Workers Interfaith Network. As one of the longest standing members of the organization, Joe has played an important role in shaping the mission and vision of the organization. As a gifted writer, Joe has written multiple articles on CTUL that have been published in local newspapers.
Virginia Miller, new member to the board, works for Prestige Maintenance USA cleaning the flagship Target store in downtown Minneapolis. Virginia has been a strong leader in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, having participated in multiple strikes with her co-workers. She has also served on a Safety Committee at his company, representing her co-workers in meetings with the company regarding health and safety standards at his company
Lucila Dominguez has been an active member and core leader at CTUL since joining the 11-Day Hunger Strike with retail janitors in May 2011. Having worked at multiple janitorial companies that stole wages from her and her co-workers, she decided that enough was enough. In addition to leading campaigns at two of her workplaces to recover back wages for herself and her co-workers, she has been a leader in organizing to end wage theft. In 2015 Lucila won the facing Race Award from the St. Paul Foundation, recognizing her leadership in the fight for fair wages and working conditions. Lucila currently works on staff at CTUL as an organizer in the Defensores Campaign.
Hilario DeLeon works for Prestige Maintenance USA cleaning the flagship Target store in downtown Minneapolis. Hilario has been a strong leader in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, having participated in multiple strikes with his co-workers. He has also served on a Safety Committee at his company, representing his co-workers in meetings with the company regarding health and safety standards at his company. Most recently, Hilario served on the commission in St. Paul that created the strongest Earned Sick and Safe Time policy of any municipality in the country.
Steven Suffridge works for McDonald’s, and has been one of the key leaders in the Fight for $15 in the Twin Cities. Steven has participated in multiple strikes calling for $15 and union rights in fast food.
Guillermo Lindsay works for McDonald’s, and was one of the first participants in the Fight for $15 in the Twin Cities. Not only has Guillermo been a leader in multiple strikes with fast food workers, he has also played key leadership roles in building the movement for workers’ rights as a member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, and as a participant in the Workplace Partnership Group in Minneapolis that successfully passed one of the strongest Earned Sick and Safe Time policies of anywhere in the country.
Enrique Barcenas currently works for SEIU Local 26 organizing with retail janitors to join the union. Previously he worked for many years at Prestige Maintenance USA cleaning a Target store in the Twin Cities. In this time, Enrique was one of the key leaders in the Campaign for Justice in Retail Cleaning, participating in many strikes and being one of five worker participants in meetings with Target Corporation that led to the company creating a Responsible Contractor Policy.