Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is an organization founded in 1972 to build political empowerment of the Latino population. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation.
In the early 1970s, Communist Party USA aligned union members began to find their voice through new coalitions such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists , the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement , and the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. TUAD leaders — Fred Gaboury, Rayfield Mooty, Debbie Albano and Adelaide Bean, along with Labor Today editors Jim Williams and Scott Marshall, helped bring these coalitions together. These labor coalitions, like Coalition of Labor Union Women, reflected rising communist influence in the labor movement.
Targeting Latino voters
November 9, 2015, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) launched a national campaign aimed at educating Latinos on the importance of voting. The campaign, which will begin one year ahead of the general elections, will be initially implemented in the key states of Florida, Colorado, and Texas.
Latinos, the fastest growing voter block, had a decisive role in the last presidential election and will have an even more important presence in 2016.
For workers like Christian Hurtado, Latino voters need to express their voice to advocate for the issues that are important for Latino working families.
Julie Gonzalez, a worker from Colorado, lives through fear of losing a family member every day because Congress has not fixed our broken immigration system. She knows that the only way to make a positive change is by voting.
"Latinos cannot stand idle while politicians continue to ignore our community. We must educate Latinos this election cycle to hold every elected official accountable. This starts by knowing where every candidate on the ballot in 2016, local and national, stands on the issues important to us," said Gonzales.
LCLAA will mobilize volunteers in key states to talk about the importance of the Latino vote.
"The Latino community is growing rapidly in the U.S., both in population and in our contribution to the economic and social life of this nation. Our voters are eager to find candidates who take them seriously and are ready to invest in the economy, improve our schools and immigration system, and defend our rights," said Hector Sanchez, executive director of LCLAA.
National Executive Board
The following were listed as members of the National Executive Board as of March 18, 2010:
- National President: Milton Rosado, UAW
- Executive Vice President, Aida Garcia, SEIU
- Secretary Treasurer, Maria Portalatin, AFT
- Vice Presidents:
- Salvador Aguilar, USW
- Gary R. Allen, IAMAW
- Ray Arguello, UAW
- Gerardo Becerra, ILA
- Dr. Magda Brooks, AFT
- Jose Caez, IBEW
- Michael Calderon, UFCW
- Art Cantu, IBT
- Jamie Contreras, IUPAT
- Jaime Contreras, SEIU
- Santos Crespo, AFSCME
- Edgar De Jesus, AFSCME
- Sonia Ivany, NYS AFL-CIO
- Ricardo Loza, SEIU
- Frank Lozano, IUBAC
- Susie Luna-Saldaña, AFT
- Josie Marrujo, AFGE
- Jose Melara, UAW
- Yanira Merino, LIUNA
- Irene Orozco, UFCW
- Lorenzo Rivera, UAW
- Chuck Rocha, USW
- Arturo S. Rodriguez, UFW
- Johnny Rodriguez, UFCW
- Jorge Rodriguez, SEIU
- Frank Romero, APWU
- Alejandro Stephens, SEIU
- Rosie Torres, CWA
- Jose Vargas, AFT
- Baldemar Velasquez, FLOC
- Henry C. Gonzalez, UAW
- Ralph Jimenez, UAW
- Jack Otero, TCU
- Henry “Hank” Lacayo, UAW Emeritus
- Ray Mendoza, LIUNA
- Labor Council for Latin American Advancement website
- Labor Council for Latin American Advancement on Facebook
- [Joy in the Struggle, My Life and Love, Bea Lumpkin, page 163]
- Labor launches Latino voter education program by: Special to PeoplesWorld.org November 9 2015
- National Executive Board