It is our honor to welcome Betty Guardado to her seat in Phoenix City Council for District 5. Her victory tonight brings the first hotel housekeeper to sit on Phoenix City Council—a triumph for working people throughout the fifth-largest city in the United States.
UNITE HERE Local 11 is proud to have supported Betty from the beginning. Betty has been a leader in Local 11 for more than twenty years since she began her career as a hotel housekeeper who helped lead her coworkers to win better wages and respect on the job.
Betty has been instrumental in standing up for Arizona’s working families since she arrived in 2007. For more than a decade, she has helped train other hotel workers to stand up for their rights on the job and in their communities.
In 2016, Betty’s leadership was key part to defeating former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, and in 2018, she led an army of cooks, housekeepers, food service workers, and students to help elect Kyrsten Sinema to the U.S. Senate—the first woman ever elected to that office and the first Democrat to represent Arizona there in 30 years.
Betty Guardado is one of us, and we are proud of the work she has done for working families, her union, and her community. We cannot wait to see what she will do for the people of District 5. Si se puede!