The additional Asian Pacific American organizations that are supporting public employees include the Asian American Action Fund, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, APIA Vote-Michigan, Asian Services in Action, KAYA, Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC-DC), [list other non-NCAPA orgs]. There are now 45 Asian Pacific American organizations showing solidarity with public employees nationwide.
“Supporting public employee unions will help Asian Pacific Americans achieve the American Dream by allowing us to continue fighting for a voice in the workplace,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA Executive Director. “Asian Pacific American workers are struggling to keep up in today’s economy, and unions are the front line of defending APA workers, who are often immigrants. Eliminating collective bargaining rights would weaken workers’ ability to provide for their families, address issues of dangerous workplaces, discrimination, pay, benefits, & dignity on the job.”
“As the leading Asian American service organization in Ohio, we see the daily impact that the economic downturn has had on families, with increasing numbers of unemployed or underemployed parents struggling to provide for their kids.” said Michael Byun, Executive Director of ASIA. “Asian Americans who become unemployed are without work for longer than other groups. Unions have always provided a path to the middle class for immigrants, and we stand by the teachers, firefighters, and police who seek the American Dream.”
“We support the rights of all workers. It is vital that workers in the public and private sectors have the right to organize and bargain collectively. The fight for environmental justice and economic justice are linked, as unions have been one of the best ways for the low-wage immigrants that we organize to join the middle class and gain economic security. Unions provide a voice for the disempowered, uplift the disenfranchised, and allow workers to have safer environments where they live and work.” said Roger Kim, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Environmental Network.
“As a young worker, I recognize the need to preserve workplace protections for all employees.” said Stephanie Chang, President of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan. “We express our support for the millions of workers, parents, and students who are fighting to keep their workplace freedoms and the right to negotiate for their well-being. The economy is a vital issue for APA voters in Michigan and beyond.”
“Many of us came here to the United States in pursuit of human rights and liberties. SEARAC is proud to stand with the civil rights community to support the rights of nurses, teachers, firefighters and other public employees in Wisconsin and around the country,” said Doua Thor, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center Executive Director and Vice Chair of Membership for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. “We support workers’ rights as fundamental human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Public employees also have the support of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a broad coalition of civil rights organizations including the NAACP & AARP.