IBEW 1245 Organizing Steward Ivan Pereda and Staff Organizer Jammi Juarez traveled to San Diego in August to represent IBEW 1245 at the 13th Biennial Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) convention. This year’s theme was “Organizing In Solidarity, Building One Vision Forward!” The three-day convention featured a number of unique workshops, performances, strategy summits, town hall discussions and presentations, along with a march and rally to support workers fighting for a fair contract at the hotel where the convention took place.
“The convention was full of many inspiring people fighting for the survival of Unions, and our middle class way of life.
APALA President Johanna Hester did an amazing job bringing people together for this convention,” said Pereda. “I was able to meet some of the toughest young people that fight for a decent wage, while also fighting to stay in the USA. It’s hard to imagine that at any moment, the home you know or a family member can be taken away. I’m glad to have gotten the chance to meet so many inspiring people who drive me to keep fighting and make a difference.”