For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights in the United States. Today's profile is Mai Xiong of the United Steelworker (USW).
Mai Xiong is a health care worker and the recording secretary for USW Local 9600 who has been crucial to the Bargaining Committee. She helped design a T-shirt that included a message of solidarity in multiple languages, which inspired Hmong workers who finally saw themselves represented. It made a huge difference in galvanizing the group and winning a great contract.