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APALA Urges the Biden Administration to Support Julie Su as next U.S. Secretary of Labor
Washington D.C.-- The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) strongly supports elevating current Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. She brings invaluable lived experience as a woman of color and daughter of immigrants with decades of leadership experience in workers' rights. As the first and only organization for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) union members and allies, we strongly believe Deputy Su’s appointment would be a historic step forward for all workers. The Biden Administration should take this critical action to appoint a leader who will continue advancing policies that empower workers and encourage high-road employment practices.
Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su has been a lifelong advocate for women, immigrant workers, workers of color, and all workers. She has worked as a civil rights attorney, served as the California Labor Secretary and in her current role Julie Su has continued to fight tirelessly for justice for immigrant workers and directly supported workforce development, health, safety, and wage theft enforcement that has benefited millions of workers. Under Secretary Marty Walsh and Deputy Secretary Su, the U.S. Department of Labor has worked diligently to bring workers’ concerns and ideas to the forefront by issuing stronger interagency guidance on immigration enforcement, creating and translating worker rights materials, and creating spaces like the Workers’ Voice Summit.
Steven Moy, First Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, said, “APALA is excited to support Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. APALA has followed and worked alongside Deputy Secretary Su to fight for the rights of immigrant workers and strengthen workplace protections. We were thrilled to have her celebrate our 30th Anniversary last year with us, and we will continue to work closely with the Department of Labor to elevate AAPI worker voices."
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.