STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on the passing of labor leader Mike Garcia

“Mike Garcia was a fighter who never backed down from his mission to make sure that the working men and women of California had a seat at the table, were treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and were never denied the fairness and justice that their labor demanded. I was proud to call Mike a friend. His leadership on ‘Justice for Janitors,’ and work on behalf of airport workers and security guards, empowered and inspired working people everywhere to make their voices heard. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family, everyone at SEIU, and all who loved and admired one of the great labor leaders of our time — who fought relentlessly for those who needed an advocate, treated everyone as equals, and united thousands behind the cause of making life better for themselves and their families.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti