On June 4, 2014, I was the Portuguese Interpreter during the 2014 Executive Board Retreat of 32BJ SEIU (the largest property service workers union in the United States, representing more than 120,000 members..) This was an 2 day event, filled with reports, ice-breakers, and other group exercises.
In this picture I stand next to Hector Figueroa, the charismatic and enthusiastic President of 32BJ Service Employees International Union. Hector is an accomplished activist, who brings with him a rich history around Labor Movements.
During this assignment I interpreted on the early history of 32BJ, the role of the Executive Board Members, the relationship between 32BJ and SEIU, budgeting, accomplishments and future goals.
Also during this event, I had the opportunity to interpret for Tom Wolf, businessman who is the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2014 election. He was the guest speaker during the luncheon, where he thanked 32BJ for their political contribution, for their support and for the work that 32BJ has done on behalf of the working class, he also highlighted a few of the key points he hopes to accomplish if elected. At the end of his speech Mr. Wolf had a brief Q&A session with the members of the Executive Board.