APALA LogoAsian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is a caucus within SEIU and the AFL-CIO. It is the first and only national organization of Asian/Pacific Island American union members.

APALA continues a tradition dating from the mid-1800’s of workers fighting for justice in the sugar plantations of Hawaii, the factories of Alaska, and the railroad and agricultural camps of the western United States.

APALA Caucus Scholarship

APALA scholarships are open to SEIU 521 APALA Caucus members in good standing and/or their children. Click here for more eligibility details and to download the application. (PDF)

Application with essay must be received in the Fresno SEIU 521 union office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2018.

Read SEIU Executive Vice President Luisa Blue’s op-ed in the Asian Journal: “Investing in democracy builds America”
“Many of our parents fled repressive regimes for America to be able to freely voice their opinions and pursue their dreams. At a time when authoritarian candidates are getting elected here and abroad, we must remember we came to this country because America allows the people a voice in how they are governed.”
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Meetings and Events

Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting (Region 1)
The Region 1 APALA Caucus meets the 3rd Saturday of every month, 10:00 a.m.-noon
SEIU 521 San Jose office, 2302 Zanker Road
RSVP: (408) 678-3300 or to SEIU521.Receptionist@seiu521.org

Fresno APALA Meeting (Region 4)
The Fresno APALA Caucus meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m.
SEIU 521 Fresno office, 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno (Map)
RSVP: (559) 447-2579 or to liane.mazzella@seiu521.org

Become a member

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SEIU 521 Caucus APALA Officers

Karen Nakatani, APALA Caucus Delegate to SEIU 521 Executive Board


  • Chair: Bella Barela
  • Co-Chair:  vacant
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Cecilia Tatum

Santa Clara, San Mateo Counties:

  • Chair: Carmella Disopa
  • Secretary: Karen Nakatani
  • Treasurer: Vinay Tatapudy
  • SEJ Coordinator: Heidi Pham
    • SEJ back up:  Myrna Bravo
  • Executive Board delegate: Karen Nakatani

APALA Mission Statement

The APALA Caucus will strive to promote a greater understanding and respect in the Asian Pacific Islander cultures within the diverse membership of SEIU Local 521.

APALA Bylaws Approved 12-7-13

APALA serves as the bridge between the labor movement and social economic justice – be part of that bridge.

For more information about APALA, please visit www.apalanet.org.

Meeting Minutes & Reports

APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 11.21.17 (PDF)
APALA Casino Fundraiser Black Oak 11.11.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 9.21.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 5.18.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 5.8.17 (PDF)
APALA 9th Heritage Celebration Flyer 5.13.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 4.18.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 3.21.17 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 2.21.17 (PDF)
APALA Casino Fundraiser Jackson Rancheria 2.18.17 (PDF)

APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 12.12.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 11.15.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 11.7.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 10.18.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 9.13.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 8.16.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 7.19.16 (PDF)
APALA Scholarship Program 2016 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 5.17.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 4.19.16 (PDF)
APALA Caucus Meeting Minutes 3.15.16
No meeting in Fresno for Feb. 2016
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 1.19.16


Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 12.1.15 (PDF)
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 11.5.15
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 10.20.15
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 9.16.15
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 8.18.15
Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting Minutes July 18 2015
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 6.16.15 (PDF)
Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting Minutes June 20 2015
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 5.26.15
Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting Minutes 5.23.2015 (PDF)
Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting Minutes 4.18.15
Santa Clara & San Mateo APALA Meeting Minutes 3.21.15
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 3.17.15 (PDF)
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 2.17.15 (PDF)
Fresno APALA Meeting Minutes 1.20.15 (PDF)


API Heritage Month

In the spirit of the 2017 holidays, many of our members are leading donation drives, proving that we mean it when we say: “Community First!”

APALA Coat Drive
Our APALA Caucus Members in Fresno donated 30 jackets to disadvantaged children at Greenberg Elementary School. Congratulate them on Facebook!

2015 APALA Convention Was a Success

APALA Conference 2015“For the first time, labor, through APALA, housed a powerful convening of workers, students and community members who spoke the same language of love, passion and drive tomove our movement forward.”
– Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President

2015 Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and we reflect on the many ways they have enriched our Nation.


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