The word union means we are all together. No one is out there on a limb by himself.

~ Leroy Abramson, 32BJ Member, New York

Rest in Peace Brother Luis

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Our bother in the fight for justice at New York airports, Luis Evangelista, died of cancer on Thursday March 16th. His courage and determination left a lasting impression on all of us.

Luis was a resolute, kind and fearless worker and leader. He was one of the first airport workers from his company to decide to stand up to abuse and take action. When morale was low he was always there, holding the torch and keeping the light alive.

His friendly attitude and militant belief in change always infused energy into our campaign. When he and his coworkers went on strike he was always one of the first on the picket line, encouraging those who were afraid to join in. He organized his coworkers. He came to every meeting. He was always one of the first to arrive and the last to leave. His dedication, bravery and hard work humbled and inspired everyone.

Luis fought hard and helped to win his coworkers union representation last year. Still, when his cancer got worse, he did not have the good healthcare he needed to treat it. This a stark reminder of why we need to fight as hard as possible to pass legislation in New York and New Jersey to get us the higher wages and good benefits that airport workers deserve. We can’t wait!

We have lost a kind soul and a true fighter. I wish we could have won sooner and I’m so sad he is not with us anymore.

Rest in Power Luis, friend and brother in the fight.