6. Consensus: unions are resolutions to many of our pressing problems
Several workshops and discussions pointed to a common fact that unions have helped reduce the wage gap, increase the voice of the marginalized, make our country more democratic, increase access to affordable health care and secure retirement, reduce poverty, etc.
7. International guests joined the convention
Attending the convention was a delegation of two dozen labor and peace and human rights activists from Okinawa, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Maldives. Their participation highlighted APALA’s commitment to global solidarity with workers around the world in holding corporations accountable for workers and human rights abuses.