John Delloro, Scholar Activist and Asian Pacific American Labor Leader Passes (1971-2010)

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John Delloro at the 2009 APALA Conference


This is an edited version of press releases from the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Department and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

John Delloro, labor and community activist and teacher, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from a heart attack. Delloro was a courageous, articulate, and passionate advocate for social justice in Los Angeles, the nation, and beyond.

John Delloro was a longtime labor and community organizer. He was the National President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. His first position in the labor movement was organizing hotel workers in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Culinary Workers Union 226.  He went on to organize clerical workers with AFSCME, and health care workers with SEIU 399 in Los Angeles.  While at SEIU 399, he created an organizer program that trained hundreds of rank and file members that actively participated in external organizing campaigns. In 2003, he was promoted to the Southwest Area Manager of SEIU 1000, the largest state workers union in the country at the time, with close to 100,000 members. 

He was one of the co-founders of the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California and served as the National President of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. He was also the Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute.

"John Delloro had a heart of a champion, with a dedication to social justice, respect, and equality for workers, immigrants, and people of color. His commitment to positive social change was contagious, inspirational, and had an indelible impact on a generation of students and activists across the nation, including myself," said Melany Dela Cruz-Viesca, Assistant Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

A graduate of UCLA. he worked as a lecturer with the UCLA Asian American Studies Department for nearly three years, where he taught about labor and community organizing.

As a faculty member of the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Labor Studies Center, he taught such classes as "Asian Americans and Affirmative Action," "Asian Americans and the Garment Industry," "Race and Gender in the Workplace," "Strategic Planning for Labor Unions," "Building More Effective Unions."

John Delloro is survived by his wife, Dr. Susan Suh, UCLA Sociology Ph.D. Alumna and community activist, and their two young children, Mina and Malcolm. A public viewing will be held the evenings of Thursday, June 10, 2010 and Friday, June 11, 2010, from 5-9pm at the Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, located at 11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Funeral services will be private. Per the wishes of the family, there may be a public memorial at a later date. If you would like to make a donation or contribution in terms of funeral services or other needs, please make checks payable to "Susan Suh" and drop-off or mail to either:


UCLA Asian American Studies Department
Attention: Stacey Hirose
3336 Rolfe Hall, Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7225               

UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Attention: Meg Thornton
3230 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546