Javier Morillo


Service Employees International Union Local 26




In the fight for labor protection, you’ll often hear Javier Morillo’s name pop up. The self-proclaimed “thug in pastels” is a fierce advocate for the roughly 6,000 janitors, security guards and other building maintenance workers—fighting against exploitive employers and for increased benefits such as paid sick leave. With leadership in Minneapolis—and to a lesser extent, in St. Paul—taking a sharp turn toward progressive policies like the Working Families Agenda, Morillo has an opportunity to use this moment to push hard for additional workplace benefits with the backing of the employers he negotiates with.