Who We Are

Central Florida Jobs With Justice
is a coalition consisting of labor unions, community organizations, faith based groups and students working together to build power for working people. We are a part of the national Jobs with Justice which is a network of over 45 coalitions organizing in their communities along side with us for social and economic justice.


Central Florida Jobs with Justice Executive Board

Labor Co-chair: Communication Workers of America 3108
Community Co-Chair: Hope Community Center
Treasurer: Demary Mercado representing Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Recording Secretary:


Central Florida Jobs with Justice Staff

Denise Diaz, Director

Originally from Puerto Rico, Denise's parents raised her and her brother on the northwest side of Chicago. Her parents worked hard in the airline catering industry and as union members to provide a better life for their children. Denise Diaz received her BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her activism began in organizing on the South Side of Chicago. She later became a tenant right and organizer in immigrant communities outside of D.C. In 2007, Denise moved to the Sunshine state to raise her three children and continue community organizing on worker rights issues. Denise has been the Executive Director of Central Florida Jobs with Justice since 2007.

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Jonathan Alingu, Organizer

Jonathan is an organizer with Central Florida Jobs with Justice. As a former student at the University of Central Florida, Jonathan has been a part of the Central Florida Jobs with Justice network since 2010, as a leader with the Student Labor Action Project at UCF (SLAP) and as well as the Youth and Young Adult Network of the National Farm Worker Ministry (YAYA). Locally, Jonathan was part of the efforts of SLAP to help the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees local 3345 (AFSCME 3345) workers gain better protections and free parking on his campus, as well as helping the Amalgamated Transit Union local 1506 (ATU 1506) win a just contract with the LYNX Bus System. Nationally, Jonathan was part of the United States Student Association (USSA) which fought for student power on campus, including free education.

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Nicole Varma-Thompson, Financial and Administrative Assistant

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Stailey Styles, Construction Careers Coordinator

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Javier Torres-Centeno, Rights Restoration Coordinator

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