Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members.
It organizes and works with Asian Pacific American workers, many of them immigrants, to build the labor movement and address exploitative conditions in the garment, electronics, hotel and restaurant, food processing, and health care industries.
APALA recruits and trains union members and labor activists to become leaders in the labor movement. APALA mobilizes voters to increase Asian American participation in the political process. APALA is involved with local communities to increase their awareness of the labor movement and issues that affect workers. APALA also has ties to international delegates who visit the United States.