John Delloro (1971-2010) was the Executive Director of DHLI, and also a visiting lecturer at UCLA, where he taught a regular course on theories of leadership development and strategy in Asian American/Pacific Islander communities and is a faculty member of the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Labor Studies Center. He taught labor studies courses at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and has taught classes on “Asian Americans and Affirmative Action” and “Asian Americans and the Garment Industry” at UCLA and trainings and seminars on labor history, workplace issues and organizing at various trade unions and community organizations.
Death and remembrances
Delloro was elected APALA president in 2009 and was one of the youngest leaders ever elected to this position.
"We are all saddened by the sudden passing of John Delloro, a brilliant young labor leader, who made incredible contributions to APALA and to the U.S. labor movement," said Luisa Blue, APALA first vice president.
Delloro was a student leader and activist at UCLA, where he received his BA in psychology in 1994, and his MA in Asian American Studies in 1996.
Soon after, Delloro was introduced to APALA as a participant in the APALA Organizing Institute, a program that has trained the next generation of Asian Pacific American union organizers and community activists.
Delloro's first position in the labor movement was organizing hotel workers in Las Vegas with the Culinary Workers Union 226. He went on to organize clerical workers with AFSCME, and health care workers with SEIU 399 in Los Angeles, Calif.
While at SEIU 399, he created a member organizing program that trained hundreds of rank-and-file members that actively participated in union-support and community organizing campaigns.
In 2003, he was promoted to the Southwest Area Manager of SEIU 1000, the largest state workers union in the country at the time, with close to 100,000 members.
Under Delloro's leadership at the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute, the program strengthened labor studies on all nine campuses, and has exposed thousands of community college students to unions. Since 2007, he also taught Asian American Studies at UCLA, and inspired and mentored hundreds of students.
Delloro broke ground when, as president, APALA and the AFL-CIO convened the first National Asian Pacific American Workers' Rights Hearing in Washington D.C. in November 2009. Following the hearing, Delloro was a principal author in "Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: a report from the first National Asian Pacific American Workers' Rights Hearing."
That same year, Delloro received the Unsung Hero Award from the Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.
As a nationally recognized union leader, labor educator, organizer, teacher and mentor, John Delloro touched the lives of many and will be remembered for his compassion, his generosity of spirit, and for his visionary leadership," said Kent Wong, APALA founding president.
People's World correspondent Rosalio Muñoz remembered Delloro at demonstrations, picketlines and Facebook. "I knew John, not well, but at events we got to chatting. John was modest, bright in spirit and intellect. I first met him when he helped lead, with then-Assembly member Judy Chu, a rally supporting the striking Southern California grocery workers in the heart of the Asian Pacific American community of the San Gabriel Valley. He was representative of the new generation of labor activists."
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Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
2009 Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance hearing
On November 13, 2009, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance convened the first National Asian Pacific American Worker’s Rights Hearing, a historic gathering of over 200 APA trade unionists and community allies. The hearing was convened in the Samuel Gompers room of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington D.C. APAs nationwide spoke about challenges they faced in exercising their right to organize including employer intimidation, immigrant worker exploitation, health and safety violations, wage theft and union suppression – while also highlighting the strategies that individual workers and unions have developed in the fight for worker solidarity and economic justice
These worker testimonies, policy solutions, and additional research were presented in APALA's groundbreaking report, Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence, which was published in 2010.
Over 200 people from across the country attended this historic hearing.
The hearing was co-convened by APALA and the AFL-CIO, in partnership with over 20 national and local organizations, to provide the first national platform for APA workers focused on the right to organize and the rights of immigrant workers.
Hearing panelists included:
- Congresswoman Judy Chu
- AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler
- Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor Mary Beth Maxwell
- APALA President John Delloro
- Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta
- UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong
- University of Maryland - Asian American Studies Department Director Larry Shinagawa
- United States Student Association President (at the time of the hearing) Gregory Cendana
AAPIs for Karen Bass Fundraiser
Friday, May 07, 2010, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Los Angeles, CA 90005;
- Help Send Karen To Congress! She's fought for our communities for over three decades, first as an community organizer and activist in South Los Angeles and then as a California Assemblywoman and the first African American woman Speaker of a State Legislature. Help make sure that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, other communities of color and working people in California will have a strong progressive voice in Washington. Join AAPI progressives, community organizers, labor activists and friends for a night with Karen.
APIs FOR KAREN HOST COMMITTEE: (Organizational affiliation for identification purposes only) Jung Hee Choi (Community Coalition), John Delloro (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance -- National), Joanne Kim (Community Coalition), Martha Matsuoka, Danny Park (KIWA), Raahi Reddy (SEIU 721).