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Maria Elena Durazo

Maria Elena Durazo, left, and her husband, labor organizer Miguel Contreras, lead an AFL-CIO march at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. The protest targeted the New Otani Hotel, which did not have a union. Contreras' death in 2005 at the age of 52, apparently of a heart attack, devastated Durazo and their son Michael, who was 14 at the time. Los Angeles Times