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IFPTE Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 
Jack Liu
IFPTE Local 2001
 

Jack Liu, a structural analysis engineer at The Boeing Company, is president of the Society of Chinese-American Aerospace Engineers (SCAAE).

He also serves as an Everett Council Rep for SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001.

Liu was a union leader in China at Shanying Aircraft Company, where all employees were union members in the same union and the union chairman was appointed by the company. 

As a leader for SCAAE, Liu presented at conferences both in the U.S. and China related to aerospace, including the Global Chinese Aeronautical Technology conference in 2015 and 2017. 

Liu hopes to “inspire more people to get involved in aerospace engineering.” Liu has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

He has served as a Council Rep for SPEEA members in his work area since 2009. He’s also served on SPEEA committees, including the Northwest and SPEEA (national) Legislative and Public Affairs.

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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: https://www.apalanet.org