Asian American and Pacific Islander union activists and labor leaders have long played a formative role in the movement for worker and immigrant rights. And too often, their historic contributions go unlauded.
That’s why it was great to see an article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian by Dick Meister paying tribute to the influential union organizer Larry Itliong, who died 35 years ago on February 8th:
…it’s well past time we also celebrated the life of probably the most important of the other leaders who played a major role in winning union rights for farm workers and otherwise helping them combat serious exploitation.
That’s Larry Itliong.
Read the rest of the article on Larry Itliong’s historic role in organizing immigrant farmworkers and bringing together Filipino and Mexican workers to form the UFW here.