Asian-Pacific Islander Committee


Asian-Pacific Islander Committee

Vision Statement:

The Local 1000 Asian-Pacific Islander Committee will work to empower APIs in the labor movement by ensuring that API workers are recognized, valued, and respected. We will apply that power to share the social, economic, and political issues facing us by developing API members to lead in our Union, in our worksites and in our communities. We do so to leave a stronger, more inclusive union for future generations.


API Organizing Leadership Program



SEIU Local 1000 Statement of Solidarity with the Asian-American Pacific Islander Community

Over the last year, the AAPI community has faced nearly 4,000 attacks, more than 2/3rds of which were directed at women, often in their place of business. The actual number is likely much higher, as many go unreported.

As a public sector union, we stand with our Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) sisters and brothers in SEIU Local 1000 and across the country. We are saddened and outraged by the rise in anti AAPI violence. And we will continue to fight for the right for workers to feel safe at work and oppose all forms of racism, hate, and violence. 

We also know the damage that racist stereotypes do to weaken worker solidarity and worker power. Some of our strongest, most fearless SEIU 1000 leaders fighting for the rights of State workers we represent are also AAPI leaders. Particularly during March, when we honor women’s history and celebrate Cesar Chavez’s legacy, we acknowledge standing on the shoulders of great leaders like Larry Itliong, Yuri Kochiyama, and Patsy Mink. And we recognize the contributions of contemporary leaders such as Rinku Sen and Ai-jen Poo, who are guiding some of the most important work nationwide on racial equity and reimagining long-term care, rights for domestic workers, and a better society to secure dignity for all of us as we age.

So, what can we do?  As we stand against hate, we can learn about the history of anti AAPI sentiment in this country. We can check in on our AAPI brothers and sisters in our union, our family, and our community. We can reach out to AAPI businesses near and far and let them know we feel sadness for the attacks and that they have our support. And we can keep asking how we as a community can stand with each other and for each other so we truly are stronger together.  

For a list of helpful resources on how to report AAPI hate crimes or if you are in need of someone to talk to, click here. To get involved in Local 1000’s AAPI Committee, please email




Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000


Stop Asian Hate Toolkit for AAPI Partners and SEIU Members


On Tuesday, March 15th, a white man murdered eight people in three Atlanta area massage parlors. Six of them were Asian women. This is yet another tragic example of the escalating violence and hate that has been directed at the AAPI community, seeded by racist rhetoric from Donald Trump and his Republican allies. AAPI hate crimes are on the rise, with almost 4,000 incidents in the past calendar year alone continue reading…



On behalf of the SEIU Local 1000 Asian-Pacific Islander (API) Human Rights Committee, we wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year in the Year of the Ox.

As we celebrate this New Year during the pandemic, please stay safe and healthy by having a small, immediate family gathering with social distancing, and please wear masks.

We can enjoy our New Year in a way that keeps us all safe!

To our frontline heroes: We urge you to take the vaccine to protect your loved ones, yourselves, and your patients. Please visit

Let’s work together to fight this pandemic and keep all of us safe! 

Thank you,
SEIU LOCAL 1000 API Committee


SEIU Local 1000 Asian-Pacific Islander Committee Responds to President Biden’s Executive Actions

On January 26, 2021, President Biden signed four executive actions, one of which specifically addresses housing, justice reforms, and actions to combat xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We applaud these efforts, but we also realize this is just the beginning of our hard work to recovery. It is up to us to come together for what is right, and it is also up to us to hold our elected officials accountable in lifting up all working families, regardless of race, class, gender, or religion. We are in a moment where we can change history and not let it repeat itself, but it starts with me and you…US!

Christina Calugcugan
Asian-Pacific Islander Committee


Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration
Watch Parties

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, SEIU International will be conducting 3 watch parties on  May 11, 18 & 25. All 3 days are different episodes followed by a panel discussion of SEIU leaders along with community leaders discussing the importance of Asian American History and the significance of coming together in this moment.

Screening & Discussion Nights:
May 11, 8-10pm ET // 5-7pm PT (episodes 1-2)
May 18, 8-10pm ET // 5-7pm PT (episodes 3-4)
May 25, 8-10pm ET // 5-7pm PT (episode 5)


API Community Briefing 

On March 31, 2020, SEIU 1000’s Asian Pacific Islander Committee leaders attended a community briefing via Zoom. The event was sponsored by the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) to hear how elected officials and community leaders are addressing the rise of hate crimes and anti-Asian sentiment due to the coronavirus outbreak and cover ground on many aspects of how COVID-19 is affecting Asian American communities at large.

Elected officials, including Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Mark Takano, Congressman Ted Lieu, and other community & business leaders, joined the briefing.

If you’re interested in connecting with Local 1000’s API Committee, email us at


API Members Choose Leadership

More than 100 union leaders attended SEIU’s first Asian Pacific Islander (API) Leadership Summit in Anaheim in August. The Summit’s theme was “Together We Rise” and sought to unite and empower member leaders and staff to build power and to organize against the threats facing the labor movement and our communities.