Jonny Arévalo

Dorchester, MA - Arevalo was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States in 1994. His passion for social and economic justice began in earnest when he was seriously injured while working as a shuttle bus driver for an international car rental company in 2004. Jonny organized a campaign to address his injury and actions the company was taking that were polluting and contaminating the environment. The campaign that Jonny and his co-workers launched received a great deal of attention from the media, local policy makers, and workers rights organizations. The campaign led to a regional boycott of the company. During the campaign, he was recruited to work for MassCOSH and transitioned from volunteer to a staff role in 2007. Currently, he is a Worker Center Organizer at MassCOSH, organizing workers to work for dignity, respect, fair treatment, just wages, and safe working conditions across Massachusetts. Jonny is a certified OSHA and EPA trainer, a member of Local 25, a member of the USWA Union, and he plays a leadership role in numerous local organizing initiatives. Prior to his role as a driver, Jonny spent nine years as a prep cook and pastry chef. He and his wife live in Boston. He is the proud father of two sons who are seven and eleven years old.


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