Brewed Awakening - Lorena Gonzalez on Collective Bargaining

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 6:30 pm
Fermanian Business Center

Brewed Awakening

Serving fair trade coffee, tea, and speakers to stir the social conscience

Not on the Backs of Working Families: Economic Justice through Collective Bargaining

Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer/CEO, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

The daughter of an immigrant farmworker and a nurse, Lorena learned the value of hard work and determination at an early age. After graduating from Vista High School in North San Diego County, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from UCLA. In January of 2008, Lorena Gonzalez became the secretary-treasurer and CEO for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL- CIO. The Labor Council is a coalition of 132 local unions that represent more than 192,000 working families in the region. Upon her election, Lorena became the first woman and first person of color to serve as head of the Labor Council since the organization’s inception in 1891.


Sponsored by PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, the Brewed Awakening series gives a platform to speakers who bring critical analysis of pressing contemporary social issues while pointing to ways of engaging these issues with hopeful alternatives. The Brewed Awakening series showcases individuals and organizations with keen insight as well as practical ways of getting people involved. Special attention is given to Christians who are engaged in the struggle for justice and reconciliation. All speakers are encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their passion for justice, their actions and their faith.