Sacramento, CA — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement after the California Assembly voted to support AB 547 (Gonzalez). The bill recognizes the unique and powerful role peer training must play in transforming the janitorial industry, where workers have experienced an epidemic of sexual violence and workplace harassment.
The following may be attributed to Veronica Lagunas, a Promotora and Janitor in Los Angeles:
“California is showing the nation that immigrant women standing together are more powerful than those that aim to keep us hidden in fear and silence. We are proud that the California Assembly supported key protections against rape on the night shift that will help us overcome the unique challenges we face in an oppressive industry. Whether our cry is #YaBasta, or #MeToo! every woman deserves a workplace free from fear. We look forward to working with the Senate to advance this important legislation.”