Local 3657 members and allies have officially founded a local chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). APALA Pittsburgh will be holding its launch party on Saturday, May 11, to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
You are invited to stop by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Squirrel Hill on Saturday, May 11 to enjoy free food and cultural performances and learn about what APALA Pittsburgh is doing to promote workers’ rights!
What: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with APALA Pittsburgh
When: Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: JCC Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
APALA is an AFL-CIO constituency group founded in 1992. It is an organization of Asian American labor activists that works on building labor-community alliances in support of union organizing, worker rights, civil rights, and economic justice. Its members are rank-and-file union members, union staff, and other community members who support the labor movement.
In the coming year, APALA Pittsburgh plans to:
1. Support union organizing in the Pittsburgh area;
2. Conduct “know your rights” sessions about immigrants’ and workers’ rights;
3. Coordinate civic engagement efforts such as 2020 census awareness; and
4. Work with Wage Justice coalition to inform working people about their rights and stand with workers to demand justice.
The event on May 11 is a celebration. Interpretation in several Asian languages will be available. Everyone is welcome.
There will be an exhibition highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander labor leaders in our movement. From 2:00 pm to 4:30 p.m., there will be free immigration related legal services and organizations tabling with helpful resources for low-income working families. From 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., stop by for cultural performances and free food.
Join fellow union members and community allies to celebrate and find out what APALA Pittsburgh is doing to empower working people!
For more information and updates about the event, go to the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2355381284693860/.
The United Steelworkers’ Political Action Committee (USW PAC) is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from members, including the members of Local 3657. Those contributions allow our union to run the most effective, member-driven political program in the labor movement.
With the 2020 Presidential and Congressional elections on the horizon, it’s never been more important for us to make our voices heard in the political process. The best way for members to contribute to the USW PAC is through payroll deductions. If you are not already contributing to PAC, or would like to change your contribution, please see Carolyn Stokes, Local 3657 PAC chair, or another member of the local’s PAC committee, Eric Russell or Beth Ussery.
Here are some testimonials from Local 3657 members about why PAC contributions are so important:
“The bank that holds your mortgage has a PAC, and the employers that USW members work for have PACs. We ought to have one, too. Members of USW Local 3657 have a vested interest in our union having a voice in electoral politics. A retired member from Local 13300 once told me, ‘Vote your job and lobby your hobby.’ It’s a message that I’ve never forgotten. The PAC program helps us get the right candidates on the ballot.”
– John Lepley
“I look at PAC as an extension of the ideas that lead us to form unions in the first place – because our voices, when we stand together, are more powerful than when we have to act alone. PAC lets us take the ideas of solidarity and strength in numbers and extend them from the workplace into politics. Politics are just as important as the contracts that govern our workplaces – maybe even more so. Politicians make decisions every day that affect our children’s education, our safety at work, whether we have access to health care, even whether we have the freedom to join a union at all. Through PAC, we can have a more powerful voice in those decisions.”
– R.J. Hufnagel
“In addition to federal law prohibiting our dues dollars from being used for many of our union’s political efforts, I want my monthly contributions in dues to support our union’s strike and defense fund, efforts to organize new workers, and our non-partisan work to improve workplace safety and defend workers’ rights in state and federal lawmaking. That is why I’m proud to voluntarily contribute 1 percent of my monthly paycheck to the USW Political Action Committee, which fully supports our union’s work to organize our members and families in the political process, and help elect state and federal officeholders who will fight for us. If we aren’t investing in ourselves, no one else will.”
– Eric Russell
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