Christian Torres, a UNITE HERE activist and a veteran of the Pomona College Dining hall workers’ union-campaign, was honored at the annual Giants of Justice breakfast held by Los Angeles Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Christian was one of 17 workers who were fired when the college investigated workers’ immigration documents in the midst of an organizing campaign. When Christian was fired, he vowed to continue to fight, and when Pomona workers won the union in May, he was there to celebrate with them. Like so many workers who stand up and fight, Christian was transformed by the experience. In his acceptance speech for the Giants of Justice award, Christian said: "I learned that by working through my personal fears, I had the power to stand up to those who are unjust."
Our union is extremely proud of Christian; he exemplifies UNITE HERE’s dedication to fight for the rights of immigrants and workers. We know he will continue to be a leader in our movement. Read the transcript of Christian’s speech.