Rocio Saenz

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Rocio Saenz

Rocio Saenz is President of SEIU Local 615, which represents 18,000 property service workers in New England. Rocio became an organizer for SEIU’s Justice for Janitors Campaign in 1988, and was part of a team that led a successful campaign to unionize L.A. janitors. In August 2001 she moved to Boston to organize property service workers, and a year later led several thousand janitors on a month-long strike that won improved wages, benefits, and workplace rights. She was elected President of Local 615 in 2003.[1]

In 2018 Rocio Saenz, was the Executive Vice President of SEIU.


In 2007, Rocio Saenz, was SEIU Local 615 President, Massachusetts.[2]

2011 Boston DSA award


The 2011 Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards, sponsored by Boston Democratic Socialists of America, took place June 11, 56 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain. The reception honored a long-time advocate for low wage workers and community empowerment along with a best-selling author — Rocio Saenz and Matt Taibbi. Co-Chairs were Lisa Clauson, Co-Director of Community Labor United and Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies.[3]

Immigration rally

Some 800 immigrants and their supporters rallied at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall on April 6 2013, to demand comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

The lively and boisterous rally was organized primarily by SEIU and allied community organizations including Jobs with Justice , MassUniting and MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition).

SEIU Local 615 President Rocio Saenz, herself an immigrant from Mexico and a veteran of SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaigns, led the rally. She spoke eloquently of the integral connection of immigrant rights with union rights and human rights. She also introduced supportive speakers Sen. Elizabeth Warren and new Mass. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.[4]

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Rocio Saenz, Executive Vice President, SEIU, was a 2014 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[5]

SEIU Leadership

SEIU leadership, as of 2015;[6]