During Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of Hispanics, Latinos and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Sonia Lozano.
Lozano is the secretary-treasurer of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 572 and a member of LCLAA. She describes the importance of Latinos in the workforce and in the labor movement:
In 2050, Latinos will make up one-third of our workforce, yet we are currently some of the most vulnerable workers in the country. For the future of labor and for the future of Latinos, this is an undeniable partnership that needs to take place now. I am a mother of two, and every morning I wake up and think about the future of my kids. I want to make sure that they grow up in a world where my daughter will earn the same amount of money as my son. I want them to be treated as equals and not discriminated against for being Latinos. Hopefully, our efforts as laborers can provide them a greater opportunity to build a better future for their families and for the community that surrounds them.
I believe LCLAA plays an important role in building this future since it provides a space for Latinos to discuss issues that matter to our community and labor. For example, LCLAA’s Trabajadoras report means a great deal to me. This is a report dedicated to Latinas in the workforce. The statistics in the report become a driving force to organize and empower workers. They also show that Latino workers can achieve higher wages and other benefits when we are represented by a labor union. Thanks to LCLAA, we are able to access this information and use it to strengthen the labor movement and our communities.
Join us in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the AFL-CIO on Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.