In June 2010, Veronica Turner was elected to the top leadership position of 1199SEIU in Massachusetts. Turner is the first African-American woman to head a major labor union in Massachusetts. A resident of Brockton, MA, Turner was born in Dorchester and began her career at Boston Medical Center in the dietary department. Turner emerged as a natural leader of her peers during the historic merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center in the nineties – a time fraught with uncertainty for caregivers at both hospitals. Turner seeks to make her election the start of a more balanced representation for women and people of color amongst labor’s top leaders in the Bay State. Turner hopes to continue the track record of success that 1199SEIU has established since its inception in 2005.