QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following about the passing of 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa.

“Hector Figueroa was a leader and a true champion of the rights of workers both in our city and our country. A lion of the labor movement, he was humble,  yet unapologetic when it came to fairness, justice and dignity. His impact on generations of working families in Queens and around the nation is truly immeasurable,” said Borough President KATZ. “From the Fight for $15 movement to organizing airport workers in Queens in their push for fair wages, Hector always saw the bigger picture and he always delivered for our families, no matter the circumstance. A sharp  strategist, Hector was responsible for growing the ranks and elevating the power of 32BJ SEIU — more than 163,000 members strong — and he never let anyone forget that New York City is still very much a union town. I’ll always treasure his friendship.”

“On behalf of the entire Borough of Queens, which Hector and his family proudly called home, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Deirdre,their children, Eric and Elena, his loved ones and to the entire membership of 32BJ SEIU.”