Seeking to enhance the strength of ethnic groups in labor and political affairs, six labor-related organizations last week announced the formation of the Ethnic Labor Coalition.
Civil rights and economic justice are issues that cross racial and ethnic lines, said Kent Wong, president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance.
The labor movement "has more ethnic minority leadership in it than any other institution in our society except for minority organizations themselves," Wong said.
The coalition consists of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, the California Immigrant Workers Assn., the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Jewish Labor Committee and the Labor Council for Latin American Alliance. Coalition plans include voter registration and education campaigns, efforts to organize recent immigrants, and conferences on civil and human rights.