Since its inception in 1997, the Hispanic Coalition (HISCO) has been a vital and active coalition within the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). HISCO supports professional advancement, leadership development and educational opportunities for AFGE members of Hispanic origin and the expansion of AFGE’s political influence legislative and political action. HISCO reflects the diversity that exists within the Hispanic/Latino community and, like AFGE’s Y.O.U.N.G and PRIDE, HISCO advocates for equal rights and fair treatment of all workers, both within and outside the federal and DC governments.
Throughout the past two decades HISCO has provided hospitality for AFGE events and raised
awareness of issues of importance to Hispanics through its educational and cultural programs. It has celebrated prominent Latino leaders such as Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, and recognized AFGE members through its sponsorship of the Adelante Award for service to their union and their communities. HISCO board members worked tirelessly to lobby Members of Congress in support of a bilingual pay differential for federal employees. HISCO members consistently demonstrate their ongoing commitment to AFGE by participating in agency-wide organizing campaigns and mobilizing members to action on a broad array of political issues.
AFGE National President J. David Cox and former National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Thomas recognize the important role that HISCO has played in building a strong union and have set high expectations for the coalition. Through its collaboration with the Department of Women’s and Fair practices and strong coalitions with Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), as well as YOUNG and Pride, HISCO will continue to be a strong voice for a diverse and inclusive labor movement.