Organized labor has always been an important part of Norma’s life. She was raised in a strong union household with one grandfather organizing farm workers and the other bus and taxi drivers in Mexico. As a child, she remembers walking picket lines with her father.
Norma was a member of SEIU Local 99 in her 20’s and became a Member-Organizer, Executive Board Member, Organizer, then hired by the Local as Union Rep. While on staff, she was loaned out the Central Labor Council and shortly after recruited to work at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. There, she was exposed to all 345 affiliates representing over 800,000 members and became the Mobilization Director assisting affiliates on organizing campaigns, strikes and lockouts, and engaging politicians to support labor.
Norma was recruited by Teamsters Local 911, where she served as a Business Agent and Political Coordinator before going to work at SEIU UHW representing hospital workers at Kaiser Permanente.
She was recruited to work at Teamster Local 952 as a Business Agent and Political Coordinator several years ago bringing her vast and invaluable organizing and political background to the Local. She also serves as the Coordinator of the Local 952 Women’s Caucus.