POSTED: June 8th 2016

LA 2024 appoints top labor union leaders to Board of Directors

(L-R) LA 2024 Board Members, Maria Elena Durazo; Laphonza Butler; and Rusty Hicks © LA 2024
(L-R) LA 2024 Board Members, Maria Elena Durazo; Laphonza Butler; and Rusty Hicks © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The LA 2024 Board of Directors added two new key members as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Rusty Hicks and President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015, Laphonza Butler were appointment by LA 2024. They join fellow union leader, Maria Elena Durazo, who also serves as LA 2024 Vice Chair. These appointments showcase LA 2024's commitment to deliver an Olympics that is low-risk, safe, and well-run to benefit Angelenos.

"A united and supportive workforce is critical to delivering a safe, well-run and low-risk Games. We are delighted to have the support of María Elena Durazo, Rusty Hicks, and Laphonza Butler and we look forward to benefiting from their vast knowledge and leadership in our communities. By having these close working relationships already in place, we are in an excellent position to deliver on the promises we make to the Olympic Movement about creating an outstanding, personalized Games experience for all participants," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

Hicks leads one of the largest labor federations in the United States, which is comprised of 300 local unions that represent more than 800,000 workers. As for Butler, in her role as President of SEIU Local 2015, she has been critical in the building of dominant labor organization that represents 325,000 nursing home workers and in-home caregivers all over California. She also serves as Vice President of the SEIU International Executive Board and President of SEIU California State Council.

"The 1984 Games were a seminal moment for LA and a source of great civic pride that still resonates today. I'm proud to work with LA 2024 as it harnesses the creativity and innovation that has transformed our city to create a Games that will inspire, bring our city together and benefit all Angelenos," commented Hicks

In addition, Durazo currently serves as Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights & Diversity for UNITE-HERE, which represents restaurant and hotel workers in the US and Canada. She joined the LA 2024 team in November of 2015.

Each union leader brings an unparalleled amount of labor relation experience and credentials to the Bid Committee. They represent a number of the workforce that will aid in the delivery of the Games, including workers in construction, transport, and hospitality industries and public services.   

Butler said, "LA 2024 would be a wonderful celebration of our city's diversity and I am excited to be involved in the campaign to bring the Games back here for the first time in a generation. As a bid, we are listening to the voices of the hard-working people who are already creating the new, Games-ready LA today and who would be welcoming the world in 2024. Their support gives LA 2024 the foundation to stage an unforgettable Olympic and Paralympic Games with a lasting positive impact on our economy and our communities." 

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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