Asian 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.
SEIU strengthens voice of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers in highest governing body
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry swore in AAPI Officers Luisa Blue and Courtni Pugh as SEIU International Executive Board Members. Luisa Blue is Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521 which represents 55,000 workers who provide vital community services in the diverse central California region. Their appointment strengthens the voice of SEIU’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members, a growing segment of America’s labor movement, and reinforces how the diversity of SEIU’s 2.1 million members is a source of strength for the union.
SEIU 521 APALA Events & Meetings
APALA’s Fifth Annual Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration
Free Family Event
Saturday, May 18 – 11am- 3pm
Union Office – 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno
Please RSVP your attendance by leaving a message at (559) 447-2579.
There will be cultural foods, activities, raffles, music, performers and more.
APALA 5th Heritage Celebration Flyer 5 18 13(PDF)
San Jose APALA Meeting: TBD
Monthly Meeting in Fresno (Region 4):
3rd Tuesday of every month
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
NOTE: No Meeting in May, due to the celebration on May 18.
SEIU 521 Fresno office, 5228 E. Pine Ave. (Map)
RSVP: (559) 447-2579
APALA Convention: “We Are One” march and rally in Oakland
On Friday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. a rally and march in downtown Oakland to highlight the contract fights and other issues our working families are facing will be co-sponsored by the Alameda Labor Council and APALA. Hundreds of labor leaders and community members will march to City Hall in the name of a fair economy — one that holds everyone accountable, including the banks and the wealthiest Americans.
SEIU 521 holds APALA celebrations in May
Fresno and San Jose each held events in May to celebrate the contributions of Asian Pacific American workers in the labor movement. Fresno’s event was held on May 21 and San Jose’s was on May 28.
Become a member
SEIU 521 Caucus APALA Officers
President: Bo Thao
Vice President: Bella Barela
Secretary/Treasurer: Lanoy Souvannarack
Alternate Secretary/Treasurer: Cecelia Tatum
Santa Clara, San Mateo Counties:
Chairperson: Yong Soung
Co-Vice Chair (San Mateo County): Dolly Clemente
Co-Vice Chair (Santa Clara County): Helen Trinh
Planning Commitee: My Loi
Secretary: Dolly Clemente
Social & Economic Justice Coordinator: Myrna Bravo
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.
SEIU 521 APALA Caucus Bylaws (PDF)
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.