LULAC Looks Forward To Working With First Female AFL-CIO Leader

Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says President Liz Shuler and Hispanics Can be a Formidable Force

Washington, DC - Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today issued the following statement after the recent election of veteran labor advocate Liz Shuler as the first woman to lead the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in its 66-year history. The labor organization represents more than 12.5 million workers in the United States, with the fastest growing membership segment in its ranks being Latinos.

“I want to welcome the dynamic leadership of Liz Shuler to lead the nation’s largest labor organization at a time when Latinos are making an ever-growing contribution to the economic strength of our nation. The AFL-CIO and LULAC share many of the same priorities including ensuring a future with jobs that enable Latino men and women to work with dignity as they sustain themselves and their families. We both believe in equity and equality in the workplace and that every essential worker deserves to have access to quality health care and the opportunity to work safely and free of harassment of any type that violates his or her civil rights.

It is vital that we work together to protect workers’ rights as much as we do voters’ rights because both empower the advancement of millions of Latinos in America. There is no difference because a worker that has no vote or has no rights at work can be easily oppressed and discriminated against. LULAC and the AFL-CIO each represent the hopes and aspirations of working families who sacrifice every day to fulfill the American Dream and they must not be denied.

I look forward to meeting with President Shuler in Washington so that we can discuss ways in which we can collaborate and create the single most powerful civil rights and labor partnership in our country’s modern history.”


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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