Alameda Labor Council

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The Alameda Labor Council serves as an umbrella organization, coordinating political, community, and educational programs for more than 100 unions. We represent 100,000 workers in healthcare, transportation, education, construction, manufacturing, and service. The mission of the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families by bringing economic justice to our workplaces and social justice to our communities.[1]


Alameda Labor Council Officers and Staff, May 2012;[2]


Executive Committee



Communist Workers Party connection

During Occupy Oakland in the fall of 2011, it emerged that no less than Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, as well as some of her key advisors, and high-level members of the Alameda Labor Council, were former members of the Communist Workers Party.[3]

Vietnam connection

In April 2011 Tim Paulson, of the San Francisco Labor Council traveled to Vietnam, on business and pleasure. In Vietnam Paulson met with his friend Kent Wong, from the UCLA Labor Studies Department. Wong arrived in Hanoi the same night Paulson arrived, along with Elaine Bernard, Chair of the Harvard Trade Union Program; Abel Valenzuela, Jr., Chair of the UCLA Cesar Chavez Chicano Studies Department; and Greg Mantsios, Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies at The City University of New York.

The group was picked up by leaders from the national Vietnamese General Federation of Trade Unions whom Paulson had visited with Kent Wong three years previously. The San Francisco and Alameda Labor Councils and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance have twice hosted leaders from the VGTU for labor exchanges as well. Wong had organized this conference with American and Vietnamese labor scholars to exchange ideas regarding organizing policy, the role of labor education and labor law between the two countries—one country controlled by capital and the other gradually allowing corporations to “invest” in its economy. They invited Paulson to participate before he continued his vacation. [4]