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BAC Delegates Attend LCLAA Convention

2024 Issue 1
BAC delegation
BAC delegation

Twenty-two local union officers and international union staff from across the US attended the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement’s (LCLAA) 24th National Membership, held August 2–5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The theme of the Convention was Together Towards Tomorrow: Trabajadores Para un Futuro Justo.

Delegates heard from a range of speakers, including AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, and IUPAT President James Williams, among other prominent global leaders from Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Brazil.

service day
BAC delegates poured concrete at Egida del Maestro, a teachers’ retirement home. Pictured in the foreground is Local 8 SE Secretary-Treasurer Robert Baker floating the concrete, and in the background from left, Local 7 NY/NJ Organizer Lamont Maura, IU Northeast Regional Representative Mark Davis, and IU North Central Regional Representative Raul Zamarron.

Delegates participated in a variety of educational workshops on topics such as building power with immigrant workers, fostering strength and success for LGBTQ+ workers, and engaging and empowering women in the trades. BAC delegates also participated in a day of service, assisting four non-profit organizations with maintenance projects.

“Being at this convention afforded me the opportunity to meet, and build relationships with, my sibling union members as well as reconnect with others that I’ve known for many years,” shared Local 7 NY/NJ Organizer Lamont Maura. “I was afforded the opportunity to have great after-hour conversations with other attendees from a multitude of unions and better understand the importance of labor solidarity across industries.”