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IFPTE Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Frances Hsieh
IFPTE Local 21

Frances has been an active community advocate and organizer, with a focus on supporting Asian American government employees. At IFPTE Local 21, she is the founding co-president of the API-Caucus. In its first year, their goal is to raise awareness of concerns specific to Asian American members and strengthen the union's support for these concerns and, more broadly, API community issues. She is also the immediate Past President of the Coalition of Asian American Government Employees (CAAGE), which provides training and leadership opportunities for Asian employees working in the public sector on the local, state, and federal level in San Francisco. She also builds collaboration with other API labor groups through her role as the Labor Council Delegate for the San Francisco chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

Frances has over 20 years of experience in local and state-wide legislative and government affairs and is the Co-Chair of the IFPTE Local 21's San Francisco Political Action Committee. She currently works for San Francisco's Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs as a senior policy analyst, helping to implement and enforce the City's strongest-in-the-nation Language Access Ordinance. Previously, she served as a Legislative Aide for Supervisor John Avalos, who represented District 11 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She supported the office's legislative and policy initiatives, managed constituent outreach and response, and oversaw the office's administrative affairs.


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Join us in paying tribute to generations of Asians and Pacific Americans in American history, with special emphasis on contributions to the labor movement. Emerging from a history of legalized exclusion -- from barriers to enter the U.S. to restrictions from participating in acts like owning land -- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have been instrumental in building the labor movement and in shaping American history. Over the coming month, we will highlight labor heroes like Philip Vera Cruz, a Filipino labor organizer instrumental in the formation of the United Farm Workers Union, and Gene Viernes and Silme Domingo, who co-founded the Alaska Cannery Worker's Association. We will also introduce individual members from within the IFPTE family.

We encourage you to join your local chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance! Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of who are union members, and allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. Since its founding, APALA has played a unique role in addressing the workplace issues of the 660,000 AAPI union members and in serving as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community. Backed with strong support of the AFL-CIO, APALA has more than 20 chapters and pre-chapters and a national office in Washington, D.C. APALA is dedicated to promoting political education and voter registration programs among AAPIs, and to the training, empowerment, and leadership of AAPIs within the labor movement and APA community. Furthermore, APALA works to defend and advocate for the civil and human rights of AAPIs, immigrants and all people of color, and continues to develop ties within international labor organizations, especially in the Asia-Pacific Rim.

For more information, visit the APALA website: