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Meet Teresa Romero, The United Farm Workers First Woman President

Teresa Romero, president-elect of the United Farm Workers labor union in an u...

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Above: Teresa Romero, president-elect of the United Farm Workers labor union in an undated photo.

Meet Teresa Romero, The United Farm Workers First Woman President

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Teresa Romero, president-elect, United Farm Workers Union

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For the first time in its history, a woman will become the president of the United Farm Workers labor union.

Romero, who is currently the labor union's secretary-treasurer, is also the first immigrant to head the organization. She will replace Arturo Rodriguez who plans to step down in December.

The UFW was co-founded by the late labor leader Cesar Chavez and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. But union membership has been on the decline since its height in the 1970s.

RELATED: Dolores Huerta: The Civil Rights Icon Who Showed Farmworkers ‘Sí Se Puede’

On this Labor Day, Romero discusses her priorities for the UFW and what it means to follow in the footsteps of Chavez and Huerta.

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