1st National APA Workers Hearing

Friday, November 13, 2009

This is a little late - but you still have time to make it down if you're in the area - and it sounds like it should be a great event:

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance is hosting the first-ever, historic National APA Workers' Rights Hearing on Friday, Nov 13th from 11:30-1:30pm in Washington DC about challenges that APA workers face and strategies to achieve economic justice. It's a fantastic opportunity for the community to get our concerns about employment, unemployment, workplace freedom, and employer abuses of immigrants out in the public record -- because contrary to popular perception, APA workers face a number of abuses on the job. Asian American workers will present testimonies about wage theft, organizing campaigns and the right to form unions, and immigrant worker exploitation before a distinguished panel and an audience of over 200 people, representing a broad cross section of elected officials, labor leaders, community allies and academicians. Notable panelist include Congresswoman Judy Chu, newly elected AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis (invited.) The whole APA community is supporting the event, and 20 national organizations are cosponsoring it.

APALA is proud to convene the First National Asian Pacific American Workers' Rights Hearing and the first event focused on Asian Pacific American workers co-hosted by the new leadership of the AFL-CIO on Friday, November 13, 2009 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in Washington D.C.

Hear from Asian Pacific American workers about the challenges they face in exercising their right to organize - including employer abuse, immigrant exploitation, wage theft and union suppression - and strategies developed to continue the fight for worker solidarity and economic justice.

Invited Panelists Include:

Secretary Hilda Solis, U.S. Department of Labor
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32)
Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

John Delloro, President, APALA
Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center

Larry Shinagawa, Director, University of Maryland - Asian American Studies Department Greg Cendana, President, United States Student Association
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