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LCLAA Launches Young Latinos United
Dear LCLAA Members, Friends, and
Greetings from the National LCLAA
Office. Spring has finally sprung and we hope you are enjoying the start of
a new season. As we enter the month of April, we wanted to share the
exciting work from our Young Workers Campaign.
As you may know, the AFL-CIO hosted
the NextUp Young Workers Summit in Chicago, Illinois on March 19-22,
2015. The AFL-CIO NextUp Young Worker Summit is an opportunity for the
labor movement to engage and make key investments in their young membership
to foster a network of activists that can continue moving a working class
agenda. The summit convened over 900
young workers, including young LCLAA members, to discuss the issues
affecting them at the workplace, in their unions, and in their communities.
Young Workers with AFL-CIO
Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler
young workers are part of the largest generation to enter the workforce
since baby boomers and makeup up the most diverse, well-educated, and
technologically savvy workforce in history. While young workers are rapidly
changing our workforce, they are lagging in union membership. According to
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 14 percent of all union members
are young workers (16-34 years old). It is no secret that the longevity and
success of the labor movement is tied to the recruitment and retention of
Latinos United at Fight For 15 Action in Chicago
As part of LCLAA's commitment to fostering and providing
opportunities for young workers, LCLAA sent a delegation of 11 members to
host a workshop and expose more young workers to the mission of LCLAA and
Latinos in the labor movement. The 11 young workers from across the country
represented LCLAA and the over 2 million Latino trade unionists in the U.S.
They organized more workers into LCLAA and educated them about the
importance of fostering the young and innovative young Latino workforce. Through their work at the NextUp Summit, they were
able to formalize LCLAA's first Young Workers group and recruit over 80 new
members to LCLAA. Check out some of LCLAA's work at the NextUp
Summit and the leaders of LCLAA's newly formed Young Workers group!
LCLAA WORKSHOP AT NEXTUP SUMMIT
LCLAA made a big splash at the
NextUp Summit. The delegation of 11 LCLAA members in attendance hosted the
"LCLAA: Latino and Proud" workshop to educate more workers about
the importance of joining LCLAA. The interactive workshop taught
participants the importance of Latinos in the country, workforce, and in
the labor movement while encouraging them to engage more in their
communities and LCLAA chapters. Check out some of the photos from the workshop here.
LCCA WORKSHOP AT NEXTUP SUMMIT
The constituency groups within the
Labor Coalition for Community Action (LCCA) represent the diverse
communities within the labor movement, striving to both raise those voices
and to mobilize together for a stronger movement for all working people.
LCCA, with the partcipation of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
(APALA), Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Coalition for Labor
Union Women (CLUW), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
and Pride at Work hosted a workshop on the role of constituency
groups. At a time when the labor movement is facing demographic
shifts, decreasing density and is forging stronger relationships with the
broader progressive movement the importance of constituency groups is
evident. Check out some of the photos from the workshop here.
LCLAA CHICAGO RECEPTION
Our Chicago Metro Area Chapter
helped welcome our LCLAA Young Workers with an evening of food, solidarity,
and mentorship. Chapter President Ron Maydon gave a toast of encouragement
on all of the hard work and accomplishments of our young members. National
Executive Board Members Cristina Barillas, Jose Guerrero, Angel Rivera,
Jose Alcala and Rosendo Rocha also welcomed the Young Workers. A special
thank you to J. David Cox, the National President of the American
Federation of Government Employees for his continued support to Latino
working families and for joining the LCLAA Young Latinos United in Chicago!
Check out more photos on our Facebook here!
Welcomes Inaugural Young Workers Group
As part of the AFL-CIO's NextUp Summit, LCLAA's delegation of
young workers organized and formed LCLAA's first National Young Workers
Group. The new national group "LCLAA Young Latinos United"
will lead the efforts to recruit and train more young workers into LCLAA
and the labor movement broadly. The National LCLAA office is proud to
present the newly elected officers of LCLAA Young Latinos United! We look
forward to working with them to create the pipeline of future Latino trade
unionists. Si Se Puede!
has led a campaign to organize and unionize adjunct professors in the Bay
Area and has supported a number of strike actions and fast food strikes in
Northern California. He's actively involved in his community, currently
serving as President of the Sacramento Chapter of LCLAA and being a member
of the Sacramento Democratic Club.
comes from a farmworker family in Northern California, where he learned
that the labor movement is important because it is the only vehicle working
people have to end income inequality and that power for working people is
only obtained through organizing.
comes from a labor family and recalls that during his upbringing it was
always emphasized that the labor movement is something that not only has
helped him but his family, friends and neighbors as well. He believes that
labor is about highlighting the best of humanity, acting selflessly and
showing compassion for all, and that those elements are what bring us
together to fight for justice and build solidarity. His ideals for social
change and admiration for fellow union brothers and sisters made him join
UAW-GM. He is an active member of the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Game
on for Kansas, Kansas City Young Democrats, Young Democrats of America
(YDA), and Young Democrats of Missouri (YDMO).
was influenced by the labor movement at an early age. Her grandmother,
Santa Gloria Capetillo, broke barriers within her organization becoming the
first woman and Latina elected to be a union president. When Erica was 12
years old, she was asked to instruct a Youth & Unions Workshop at the
University of Michigan Labor Studies Center. Her work with the Labor
Studies Center dictated the work that she would later pursue. Since then
she started to attend conferences, union meetings, and planning committees,
which inspired her to speak up and volunteer to help others to help build a
strong labor movement. She has reinforced her labor advocacy by
taking charge of organizing meetings, events, and rallies in her
is a lead organizer with SEIU Local 1021 in Northern California. He works
on strategic campaigns and is currently focusing on common good campaigns
like the Fight for 15. He is the President of Next Generation, which is a
young workers group with the Sacramento Central Labor Council in
California. He recently graduated with a Master's Degree from Sacramento
State University in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. He is
also a member of Nu Alpha Kappa National Alumni Association. He believes
that the labor movement has turned regular jobs into jobs that give working
people the dignity and pride to have a good paying job. Because of the
labor movement, his dad who immigrated from Mexico was able to provide for
believes that the labor movement is the spinal cord of our nation and the
primary component that keeps the middle class alive. He currently serves as
the Head Person of his Building for the Custodial/Maintenance Department,
an Executive Board member for SEIU Local 73, and Chief Steward for his
entire Custodial/Maintenance Department on the contract negotiating team.
He is an active member of SEIU's Latino Caucus and SEIU Local 73
Members Organizing Core.
served in the United States Air Force where he earned a Medal for Global
War on Terrorism/ OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom). He believes through the
labor movement he is able to help others fight injustice, advocate for
workers' rights, and build a movement that can impact the future of this
nation. He is also a member of Florida AFL-CIO Young Workers.
hails from the centennial state, Colorado. She brings a wealth of
experience to LCLAA as a skilled trade unionist. Julie grew up in a union
household and joined the labor movement under the mentorship of her father,
a union pipe fitter from Tecolote, New Mexico. During her tenure
with UFCW, Julie has worked on over 47 union campaigns. She strongly
believes that through a union, workers can achieve better working