Seattle, WA - Over 400 delegates and guests will be convening in Seattle for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) 17th Biennial Convention. The theme of this convention is "Workers Rising Together" and will celebrate how AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) workers are joining together to improve their working conditions and strengthen their community. The Convention will be held from Friday, August 4 and will conclude on Sunday, August 6 with delegates and guests from labor unions, community organizations, and APALA chapters coming from across the U.S. and Asia.
This is the first time in APALA history that the APALA Biennial Convention will be held in Seattle , the host city for APALA’s largest chapter. “The Seattle Chapter is so honored to host our APALA siblings for Convention for the first time,” Ligaya Domingo APALA’s First Vice President and member of the Seattle chapter.
Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a long history in the region with the Pacific Northwest as a gateway to Asia and the Pacific. Since the early 1800s the Pacific Northwest has been a migratory pathway and important nexus for Asian and Pacific Islander workers from those working on the railroads to working in agricultural fields in Eastern Washington, California, and Oregon to the Alaska salmon canneries to working in healthcare and the hospitality sector today. Asian American, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander workers make important contributions to the Paficic Northwest economy, social life and labor movement.
The APALA convention brings workers and allies together for powerful plenaries, business, and collective action. The convention provides a place for workers, community activists, and allies to engage in lively and uplifting conversations as well as develop skills to build power for workers. The focus of the convention will be reflective of APALA’s work to uplift AAPI workers in the labor movement by building a strong political voice for worker rights, immigrant rights, global solidarity, and racial justice. Delegates and guests will reflect on what APALA has accomplished and strategize how we will continue to strengthen our chapters, unions, worker centers, and community organizations to win good jobs, protect our communities, and fight for a future that is more fair and just for working people.
About APALA, AFL-CIO:
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of whom are union members and our allies, building power for AAPI workers and communities.