Still, not all unions are down for the count. One of the most prominent union leaders today is María Elena Durazo, the general vice president for immigration, civil rights, and diversity at UNITE HERE
, which represents 270,000 workers in the United States and Canada. Durazo, who was born in a small agricultural town in California, was a migrant farm worker as a child, picking fruit from town to town until she was 15. She was the second person in her family to attend college; afterwards, she earned her law degree, worked as an organizer, and held a number of leadership roles, including serving as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2013.