Dear APALA-SF Member:

We face many and continuing threats to our communities of working families and youth of color, as we enter the second year of the Trump presidency.

On Saturday, February 24th, our San Francisco Chapter held its 2018 strategic planning meeting, with members spanning several generations. Among the issues that members identified as top priorities are the following:

• the attacks on unions, primarily the impending Supreme Court decision on Janus vs AFSCME;

• decreased access to education due to increased military spending;

• the lack of affordable housing and affordable healthcare;

• families torn apart due to the Trump administration's ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

To fight back, APALA will need to get even more involved politically, and energize all workers by doing even more voter education and voter registration than in previous years. We will be more vocal and visible at the marches and rallies.

APALA will continue to work with and support our allies and community groups, and also help advocate for causes such as "College for All." We will mentor the youth and will equally learn from them.

Let's make plans to work smarter together, and to organize strategically, as we resist and fight injustices.

In solidarity,

Norm Ten, President



• April 28, Saturday @ 10am-APALA SF Chapter Membership Meeting
Location: St. Francis Square Social Hall, 1555 Geary Blvd., SF
(or go to Laguna St. follow APALA signs on the street)

• May 1, Tuesday-International Labor Day, (Details to be determined)

• May 9, Wednesday @ Spm-Reception for Labor Leader Elmer Labong ("Ka Bong"),
Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), a militant labor federation in the Philippines
Location: SF Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Conference Room, Larkin St., SF

• May 24, Thursday @ 6pm-Asian American Heritage Month Celebration (food & drinks)
Location: SEW Local 1021 Union Hall, Entrance @ 100 Kansas Street corner 17th St., SF



APALA's objectives is to educate Asian Pacific American (APA) workers and their communities about labor unions; promote, support and assist the organizing of APA workers into unions; promote political education and voter registration programs among the APA workers and their communities; promote the training, empowerment and leadership of APA within the Labor Movement and their communities; defend and advocate for the civil and human rights of Asian Pacific Americans, immigrants and all other people of color; and develop ties with International Labor Organizations, especially with Labor Unions in Asia and the Pacific.

Join online @!membership or fill up the form below with check, payable to APALA-SF CHAPTER and mail it to: APALA-SF Chapter, 350 Rhode Island St., Suite 10o-South, San Francisco, CA 94103.

(Download form here)


Governor candidate with APALA-SF President Norman Ten at an event in Chinatown


"The Next 25 Years Of Resistance" & SF Premiere of "The Long Ride"
EIU Local 21 Union Hall
May 24, 2018

APALA SF Chapter presented the SF Premiere of "The Long Ride" to celebrate the Asian American Heritage Month. It is a documentary that follows the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride (IWFR) that sparked the birth of the civil rights movement for immigrant workers.


San Francisco Main Library
May 9, 2018

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, San Francisco Chapter joined Kilusang Mayo Uno, KMU (May First Movement) at its Forum on Labor and Human Rights in the Philippines on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the San Francisco Main Library. Guest speaker was Elmer Labong, Chairperson of KMU, better known as "Ka Bong". Other co-sponsors at this event were Jobs for Justice, Veterans for Justice, ICHRP & Malaya. The event was attended by more than 100 people.


Asian American Advancing Justice Conference
Washington D.C.
April 11-13, 2018

On April 11-13, 2018, SF Chapter President Norm Ten attended the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Conference in Washington, D.C.. The focus of the conference was about the coming U.S. Census in 2020. The Census will determine the number of Congressional seats in each State. This is important to our Asian communities because it determines our representation and financial support in U.S. Congress. If Asians, legal residents or undocumented, are not counted correctly, California will lose some Congressional seats.

Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Join "March For Our Lives" in SF
San Francisco City Hall
March 24, 2018

APALA-SF marched with API youth from EI Camino High School in South San Francisco during the "March for Our Lives" protest rally at San Francisco City Hall on March 24 as part of the nation-wide mobilization of young people against gun violence in schools. In a historical move, hundreds of thousands of youth from around the country protested and called for reforms to gun policy following the deadly mass shooting at Parkland, Florida High School on February 14.


St. Francis Square Community Room
February 24, 2018

The APALA San Francisco Chapter conducted its Strategic Planning Meeting for 2018 at the St. Francis Square Community Room. 


APALA-SF Leaders Attend California Democratic Party Convention
San Diego Convention Center
February 23, 2018

“The California Democratic Party's Annual Convention is a time when San Franciscans across the democratic spectrum can put aside our differences and unite on our shared values to protect the civic rights of all Californians, recognize the strength of our diversity, and continue to fight for policies that have made us the most progressive state in the country," said APALA member Frances Hsieh of IFPTE local 21 and Democratic County Central Committee member.

"The California Democratic Party convention enabled myself and other grassroots labor activists to have a voice in the Party. SEIU-UHW was very successful in moving forward our "Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act" at the convention," said APALA member Alan Wong, SEIU-UHW Regional Political Organizer.


Leyte, Philippines
February, 2018

In February 2018, former Chapter President Daz Lamparas visited the Philippines and met with the workers of the Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative (DORECO) and the Leyte Electric Cooperative (LEVECO) in the towns of Tolusa and Tunga, respectively, on the island of Leyte. These two towns were badly hit by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on November 8, 2013, claiming more than 10,000 lives. The unionized workers worked round the clock to restore electricity in the towns of Tolusa and Tunga. Unlike other typhoon devastated towns in the same region, electric power was restored quickly due to the hard work and dedication of the unionized workers affiliated with the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Electric General Manager Allan Laniba said he is proud of the accomplishment of these employees who worked 24/7 to restore electricity in a couple of months.

The workers were resilient even though some of them had lost their homes and family members in the typhoon. Due to their fast electric power recovery, the two electric cooperatives received triple"A" awards from the national government. DORECO and LEYECO union members expressed an interest to network with other organized labor organizations outside of the Philippines, including APALA. They understand the need for international labor solidarity as the country's economy is going global with more than 1 million Filipinos going abroad yearly to work.


San Francisco
December 9, 2017

The APALA San Francisco Chapter installed its new officers on December 9, 2017 at the St. Francis Square Community Room.  After the induction meeting, the new officers and members honored outgoing chapter president Daz Lamparas, who is termed out after serving for six (6) years.

            The newly elected officers are:

President – Norman Ten (CWA 9404)
Vice President – Larry Yee (CWA 9410)
Secretary – Mary Anne Ahtye (UESF/AFT) & Del. To Natl. Exec. Board
Treasurer – Elizabeth Valdellon (MEA)
Retiree Delegate – Celia Rivera (SEIU-USSW)


Orange County
August 16-20, 2017

Anaheim, CA - The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) celebrated its 25th anniversary convention in Anaheim, California from August 18 to 20, 2017. The convention was attended by close to 650 participants from dozens of unions and community partners who united under the theme “25 Years of Resistance: Organize & Fight.”

Highlights included two separate solidarity actions, including a solidarity march and vigil for those who were killed and injured during the violent KKK and Neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. The convention elected Monica Thammarath from the National Education Association as the new APALA President – the youngest National President APALA has elected to date. The other officers elected were Tracy Lai, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Michael Yee, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); Kim Geron, California Faculty Association; and Johanna Hester, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) who had served as APALA’s president for the past six years.

The convention also marked the passing of the torch from Greg Cendana who served for seven years as APALA’s executive director, to Alvina Yeh, the new executive director. The convention was also joined by a delegation of two dozen labor and peace activists from Okinawa and Japan who have been mobilizing against the proposed expansion of U.S. military bases on the island of Okinawa. The APALA convention unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the end to U.S. military base expansion on Okinawa. Other international guests were from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives.

Speakers included California State Treasurer John Chiang, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour. The 25th anniversary banquet honored Steven Moy from IBEW, Arlene Inouye from AFT, undocumented immigrant youth activist Yves Gomes from UFCW, and SEIU’s Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus.
The “resistance” theme of the convention emphasized APALA’s rejection of Trump’s and his administration’s racism, sexism, and homophobia, and his anti-worker and anti-immigrant positions. The convention delegates represented the rich diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and brought hundreds of young workers and youth activists to the forefront.

Pre-convention activities included organizing and political training for hundreds of young workers, rank-and- file union activists, and community allies. The convention passed a constitutional amendment to expand the ranks of APALA to include young workers, community allies, and other workers who are not currently union members but who embrace the fight for social and economic justice.

`UAW 2121 from Connecticut attendee and delegate Christopher Nguyen said, "The unity and power I felt from this APALA 25th anniversary convention will remain with me. We're here to stay—and I want our community to be empowered to RESIST, ORGANIZE, AND FIGHT!" 
Maria Castaneda, Secretary-Treasurer of 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East and President of the SEIU API Caucus, commented: "APALA's role to grow the labor movement is vital. Organizing the unorganized, especially immigrant, formerly incarcerated, and young workers, and training rank and file workers into union leadership are so needed to build the power of our community and to broaden our movement to be more inclusive of everyone, including those at the margins." 
Donald Tanaka of UA Local 250, a retiree and convention delegate from Gardena, CA, stated, "We must continue to strive to educate and inform workers on the important issues facing our country and our communities. We must work to build out partnerships in the building trades and other industries. Workers must have a voice, and it has to be heard on a national and international scale — APALA is that voice." 

Jennifer Li of IFPTE Local 21 concluded: "This APALA convention was my first and I am so ready to kick down some doors. This is the first time in the 6 years that I've been in the labor movement that there is a place for me. I've always kept my head down and just did my work, because I knew it would be useless to acknowledge the problems within labor by myself. APALA felt like something I've NEVER felt in labor -- like home." (


APALASF Fundraising Dinner and Awards Night
Fort Mckinley Restaurant, San Francisco
June 29, 2017

APALA San Francisco Chapter held a fundraising dinner at the Fort Mckinley Restaurant in San Francisco on June 29, 2017. During the event awards were presented by esteemed guests from various organizations to four dedicated professionals in their respective areas of expertise.

The Labor & Community Partnership Award was received by Ronald W. Wong and was presented by James A. Bryant, director of the A. Philip Randolph Western Region.

The Community Service Leadership Award was received by Rayna Lehman and was presented by Roberto Mendez, Regional Director of (IAM) Employee Assistance Program.

The Humanitarian Leadership Award was received by Rev. Norman Fong and was presented by Stan Kiino, AFA-CWA National APALA Board Member.

The Labor Leadership Award was received by Anand Singh and was presented by Norman Ten, CWA 9404 National APALA Board Member.

The successful event was attended by more than eighty members, friends and local community guests.

Constitutional Timeline
for the 2013 APALA Biennial National Convention
San Diego, California
August 13-16, 2015

APALASF and CAAGE Fundraiser
SEIU Local 1021, San Francisco
July 24, 2014

APALA San Francisco Chapter and CAAGE held a fundraiser at the SEIU Local 1021 in San Francisco for the benefit of ASPIRE. The successful event was attended by more than eighty members, friends and local community guests.

40th Year Anniversary Celebration of Agbayani Village
June 21, 2014

SF APALA Chapter members drove 300 miles to Delano, California to join the celebration of the 40th Year Anniversary of Agbayani Village on June 21, 2014.

The Paulo Agbayani Retirement Village was the farm worker movement's response to the plight of the Manong's, elderly and often displaced Filipino farm workers. Most had immigrated from the Philippines as young men in the 1920s and 1930s. Few Filipino women were allowed and California's racist anti-mescegenation laws forbade marriage outside their race. Most Filipino farm workers spent their lives in farm labor camps from which they were evicted when the Delano Grape Strike began in September 1965. Unable to marry, most didn't have families or decent places to live. By 1970, their need for affordable housing had become acute.

United Farm Workers leaders such as Cesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Dolores Huerta, Peter Velasco and Philip Vera Cruz recognized that by the time the five-year Delano strike was won in 1970, most Manongs found themselves working past retirement age without families, financial support and other resources.

The Agbayani Village was named for a Filipino union member who died on the picket line. It was constructed by hundreds of volunteers and dedicated on June 21, 1974.

APALASF joins OUR Walmart
April 30, 2014

SF APALA Chapter members joined OUR Walmart in action on April 30 at the Latino Community Foundation's Annual Fundraiser being held at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.  They were there to ask Aida Alvarez, Latino Community Foundation Chair and Walmart Board of Director member to help support Walmart workers to get better wages and working conditions.

APALASF Workers Rights Forum
SEIU Local 1021 Union Hall, San Francisco
August 3, 2013

May 23, 2013

APALA San Francisco Chapter held its Fundraising Dinner last May 23, 2013 at the ILWU local 34. The theme for this years event is "Continuing the Legacy, Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights and Economic Rights."

This years awardees were:

Luisa Blue, Golden Gate Award;
Oscar De La Torre, Labor Award;
David Bacon, Humanitarian Award;
Marily Mondejar, Community Leadership Award.

David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was the keynote speaker of the event.

Rep. Walden Bello Visits With Bay Area Fil-Ams
February 15, 2013

Cong. Walden Bello Speaks with Filipino-American communities on May Election's role about Aquino's Reforms. The event sponsored by the APALA-SF Chapter was held at the SEIU 1021 office on February 15, 2013. It was attended by about 60 Fil-Ams from the Bay area.

APALA National Executive Board
November 16, 2012

APALA National Executive Board held its executive board meeting in San Francisco. A reception, sponsored by the APALA-SF Chapter was held on November 15, 2012 at the SEIU 1021 Office.

Fil-Am Heritage Month & Forum on Prop. 30 & 32
October 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.

APALASF Lauds Honoree during Laborfest Event
July 14, 2012

APALASF Members participate in the Mayoral Election
November 5, 2011

Occupy Chinatown March Rally October 30, 2011

Relief Goods For Typhoon Pedring Victims in the Philippines
October 18, 2011

APALASF Officers Strategic Planning Meeting
September 17, 2011

Meet & Greet with Leeland Yee
September 17, 2011

Rank Choice Voting Education
September 16, 2011

APALA Convention
July 22, 2011