The benefits we win come from us being strong together in the union.

~ Yeny Nuñez, 32BJ Member, Connecticut

Heleodora Caraballo


Heleodora Caraballo has been a District 615 member for seven years, working as a janitor at Logan International Airport in Boston.  She came to the U.S. in 1995 from Mexico, seeking a better life for herself and her family. She has always worked the third shift, from 11pm-7am every night.  Though working the graveyard shift is not easy, as a single mother of two children, it allows her to be available during the day to spend time with them. Heleodora says her coworkers elected her to be a steward  because “I’ve always defended  my rights, and those of my coworkers.” When massive lay-offs threatened workers at the airport, Heleodora went to the Statehouse to lobby her elected officials for their support. It was there that she saw the power of politics. Since then, she has stayed involved through participating in political brigades.    “I really like walking the different neighborhoods, knocking on doors, seeing kids with their parents, talking to people . . . especially because I work at night!”

“I feel strongly about educating our members and the community. I have participated in brigades to get our members involved in our political program and our COPE fund. I always use my own experience at the Statehouse with our elected officials, to explain why participating in the COPE fund is so important to our work and our campaigns.  I want my community, Chelsea, to have better housing, to be more safe,  and to have more educational opportunities. I tell people that we need elected officials who will not just support us as workers and union members, but also as members of the community, as parents. That’s my inspiration to keep knocking on doors, making phonecalls, visiting work sites, and keep participating in brigades.”


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