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File #: 210253    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/25/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/8/2021
Title: Congratulating Esteban Vera Jr., on his appointment to SEPTA's board of directors, making him the first Latino person to serve on the transit agency's governing body.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21025300, 2. Signature21025300
Title
Congratulating Esteban Vera Jr., on his appointment to SEPTA's board of directors, making him the first Latino person to serve on the transit agency's governing body.

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WHEREAS, On March 4, 2021, Esteban Vera Jr., became the first Latino to serve on SEPTA's board of directors. He was appointed to the role by State House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton; and

WHEREAS, Vera is of Puerto Rican descent and was raised in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia. After graduating high school, Vera joined the military and was deployed to Bosnia. After returning from Bosnia, Vera went into construction with his uncles; and

WHEREAS, For the last five years, Vera has been the business manager for Laborers Union Local 57. Vera started his work with the Laborers in 2005 as a volunteer while still working in construction. Two years later he was offered a role as Organizer. Through this role, he advocated and fought on behalf of exploited workers demanding better working conditions and fair pay; and

WHEREAS, Before he could rise to new leadership roles within the union, Vera attended National Labor College in Maryland. During this time, he studied invaluable strategies such as negotiating contracts; and

WHEREAS, Due to his successful negotiating skills, Vera was able to become a delegate to the Laborers Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity. In 2016, in his role is Business Manager, he became the first Latino person to be the leader of a major union in this region. Vera has used his position to help push for more inclusivity and diversity within unions stating, "If I see a lack of Latinos or African-Americans, I'll bring that up in a heartbeat"; and

WHEREAS, Laborers Local 57 is one of four local unions that make up The Laborers District Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity. For approximately 75 years, their members have worked on infrastructure in the City - mostly roads, bridges, and highways. Their work is primarily related to t...

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