The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of a better life, Roxana Rivera has been organizing low-wage workers, and fighting for justice for immigrants and working families for nearly 25 years. She has also been part of and led hunger strikes in California and New England, including those that were part of the historic Justice for Janitors struggle in the 1990s.
Roxana spent nearly a decade driving member engagement work and leading SEIU Local 615’s commercial division in Boston. In 2013, Local 615 merged with 32BJ SEIU and then-President Héctor Figueroa appointed Roxana head of 32BJ SEIU District 615 and then elected into this role by the district’s membership.
Today, 32BJ SEIU represents 20,000 janitors, security officers, and workers in higher education across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and 175,000 members in eleven states and Washington DC.