Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer

Eliseo Medina is described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most successful labor organizers in the country" and was named one of the "Top 50 Most Powerful Latino Leaders" in Poder Magazine. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and also leads the union's efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation's economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship. Read complete bio.

Profile Pieces

Organizer with Oxnard roots wants 12 million Latino voters
Ventura County Star, 10/23/2012

Meet Eliseo Medina
The American Prospect, August 2010

A Tribute to Eliseo Medina
Documentary film: Santa Fe Film Festival, December 2008

The Voice for Justice, Top 50 Most Powerful Latino Leaders*
Poder Magazine, January 2008

Q&A With Eliseo Medina
Candidato USA, 1/14/2008

The List: 101 Movers & Shakers in America
Latino Leaders Magazine, 5/1/2007


Immigration-reform pledges likely to happen soon
Philadelphia Inquirer/McClatchy Newspapers, 3/26/2010

SEIU: Obama Workplace Immigration Enforcement Flawed
In These Times, 12/15/2009

Immigration activists urge census boycott: Hope effort spurs legislation
Boston Globe, September 8, 2009

Immigration: New Faces, Better Odds
Congressional Quarterly Weekly, May 30, 2009

Unions agree on path for immigration reform
Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2009

Citizenship/Voter Mobilization

SEIU Official Strives to Boost Latino Turnout
Roll Call, 9/24/12

Tough road for immigration bill
Politico, 12/15/09

Miles asisten a la Marcha por América
La Opinion, 3/21/2010

Cesar Chavez at the Root of Obama's Campaign: Grassroots Latino Voter Outreach
Huffington Post, 10/15/2008

SEIU busca cambios en la sociedad
La Opinion, 5/25/2008

Immigration marches return with messages aimed at voters
Associated Press, 4/29/2008

Hispanic Voters: Waking the Sleeping Giant*
CQ Weekly, 4/28/2008

Paper Jam May Curb Latino Vote
Wall Street Journal, 1/18/2008

Latino Vote: Don't Write off the Underdog
Candidato USA, 11/26/2007

Coalition aims to increase Latino voter registration, turnout
Orange County Register, 11/14/2007

Testimony/Immigration Reform

SEIU blasts Obama immigration enforcement policies
Washington Post, 4/8/2010

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009: Can We Do It and How?
Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship

Editorial: Immigration and the Unions
New York Times, 4/20/2009

Latinos expecting Obama to deliver on immigration promises
Sacramento Bee, 11/24/2008

Debate Looks at Immigration Laws and Citizenship
PBS.org (Newshour), 6/5/2008

Labor leaders meet to discuss Mexican immigrant workers' rights
The Dallas Morning News, 4/24/2008

Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS
Washington Post, 11/22/2007

Immigration Debate: Court Puts "No-Match" Letters on Hold
Alternet, 10/02/2007

Demandan a CIS por aumento de tarifas en tramites
La Opinion, 8/20/2007

Immigration Rules: An Economic Disaster?
Business Week, 8/14/2007

Photo Gallery

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Op-eds/Blog Postings

Now Is the Time to Step on the Gas on Immigration Reform
Huffington Post, 1/10/2010

Medidas vacías
La Opinion, 12/26/2009

Fighting for Workers?
Huffington Post, 12/10/2009

Inclusion is the Centerpiece of the New American Dream
Huffington Post, 9/20/2007

It's Time to Make History: Americans Need a Victory on Immigration
Huffington Post, 6/7/2007

Guest worker programs need an overhaul
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 5/17/2007

Video Clips

SEIU at the March for America: Change Takes Courage immigration reform rally
Highlights Video, 3/21/2010

Reaction to the White House Immigration Meeting
Univision, 1/28/2010

Why Immigration Reform Matters--America's Future Now! Conference

Eliseo Medina and Los Angeles Workers March Through Rain for Employee Free Choice

Award-Winning Video on SEIU Labor Leader Eliseo Medina Shows Evolution of Immigrant Rights Movement
Santa Fe Film Festival screening

Democratic National Convention (DNC): Latino Voter Participation
(Denver, August 26, 2008)

Social and Economic Justice Conference
(Atlanta, July 14, 2006)

UM janitors hunger strike to protest civil rights abuses
(Miami, April 21, 2006)

Social Justice/Worker Campaigns

Swimming in Rosa Parks' Footsteps: Workers for the Wealthiest Still Struggle for Dignity
Alternet, 12/03/2007

UM Janitors End 2-Month Strike*
Miami Herald, 5/2/2006

Union Hopes to Build on Houston Success*
Associated Press, 1/25/2006

News Archives

Air America, 10/12/2006

Immigrant groups' aim: Turn marchers to voters
USA Today, 10/09/2006

Old South, New South: Organizing in the Red States
New Labor Forum, Fall 2006

Rachel Maddow Show
Air America, 4/20/2006

Union Leader Supporting Gues Worker Proposal
New York Times, 2/24/2006

Former Chavez Ally Took His Own Path
Los Angeles Times, 1/11/2006

For more information or to arrange interviews with workers and SEIU spokespersons, please contact the Media Department at 202-730-7162 or via e-mail at Media[at]seiu.org.

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