APALA Meets, Elects Caoile
The Asian Pacific American Labor Association (APALA), AFL-CIO, unanimously elected Gloria Caoile, special assistant to AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee, as first vice president.
Organizing was the focus of the biennial APALA convention held here, Caoile explains. "We trained all 450 delegates to serve as union organizers, not only to reach out for new members for the American labor movement but to demonstrate that Asian Pacific Americans are an important part of the movement," she says.
The convention voted to support better working conditions for strawberry workers in California, to promote the AFL-CIO's Union City Campaign, and to endorse a bill in Congress that would give U.S. veterans' benefits to veterans of the Filipino army who fought in World War II.
"Worker rights, immigrant rights and civil rights are the core of APALA's agenda," Caoile says.