AAPIs work hard to support our dreams, our families, and our communities. Like all workers, we face stagnant wage, rising cost of living, growing income inequality, and degrading worker rights. Moreover, as immigrants and minorities, we are especially susceptible to harassment, discrimination, and exploitation at work.
Collective action and labor organizing greatly empower AAPIs. Banded together, AAPIs across the nation bring home better pay, win great benefits, have better immigrant protections, and help close racial and gender pay gaps. Not only does APALA seek to ensure AAPIs’ full participation and representation, but also we strive to connect unique challenges AAPI workers face with the broader labor movement.
Our economic and worker justice work currently focuses on:
- Fighting back against the ever-aggressive corporate and conservative agenda to strip workers of rights after the Janus decision by the Supreme Court. You can GET INVOLVED by calling the Senate to reject the anti-working-people Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or sharing your own union story.
- Working with worker centers at the local and national level to connect the dots for traditionally unorganized workers and building stronger synergy in the larger AAPI community and labor movement.
Economic and Worker Justice Resource
The AFL-CIO has prepared comprehensive, detailed resources on what rights you have at work, how to find out if your rights are violated, and what to do if you believe your rights are violated, including:
Working people in America, regardless of immigration status, regardless of union representation, have basic legal rights to safe, healthy and fair conditions at work.
Here are the key components of the Workers' Bill of Rights, as passed by the delegates of the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention: