Miguel Contreras and Maria Elena Durazo, 1988

In 1987, Maria Elena Durazo challenged the leadership of HERE Local 11. Due to election irregularities, the national office set aside the election and sent Miguel Contreras to serve as the local’s trustee. Contreras hired Durazo as a staff organizer and in 1989 she claimed victory in a second election. From the records of UNITE HERE Local 11. Learn more about UNITE HERE Local 11.