How to Be a Labor Ally 101

How to Be a Labor Ally 101

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 10 2:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 10 3:45 PM (Eastern)

Room: Hanover E

As a member of the progressive community, you may have marched next to brothers and sisters in the labor movement. You may know that workers have won some key victories on the shop floor and at the voting booth. But what else? Join us for this AMA-style panel with labor activists from diverse backgrounds. You’ll get a broad overview of the struggle for workers’ rights across the country and walk away with practical tips on how to build solidarity with the labor movement.


Rosemari Ochoa


Rosemari Ochoa is a digital strategist, lecturer, and blogger about social change. By day, she’s an activist in the labor movement, recently working for AFL-CIO Nevada during the election and for the American Federation of Government Employees. By night, she’s striving to become a novice flan connoisseur.

She has also headed up social media for The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and has worked at, the Library of Congress, the Red Cross, and Planned Parenthood. Rosemari holds her M.A. from American University in Public Communications.


Brett W. Copeland


Reader, writer, raconteur committed to telling inclusive stories of American patriotism that advance a Third Reconstruction and the birth of a Fourth American Republic – one that is worthy of all the people of this Nation. I’m also a political campaigner, activist, unionist, and Methodist through training and experience.

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Gabriella Landeros

Gabriella Landeros

Gabriella Landeros is the Press Secretary for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. She supports over 300 affiliated labor unions and 800,000 workers with their media needs and leads communications for the organization’s campaigns and programs, including the successful Campaign to Raise the Wage and Proposition JJJ (housing and local jobs initiative). She also advises and prepares the Federation’s President for all media appearances and speaking obligations.

Additionally, Gabriella is one of the first two women to be appointed to her city’s (South El Monte, CA) Planning Commission since the city incorporated in 1958. In this role, she acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to community development.

Prior to joining the LA Fed, Gabriella was a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration where she served as a Press Assistant at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she created a process to report daily activities to the White House and created bilingual media content for the Secretary’s “Open for Business” agenda.

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Nelson Lucero

Nelson Lucero

Nelson is a first-generation American born to parents who emigrated from Mexico. He fights so that his generation and the next have the opportunity to provide for their families. He is currently interning in the communications department at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in Las Vegas, the largest union and immigrant organization in Nevada. Nelson started his internship on a union leave-of-absence from New York-New York Hotel & Casino where he works as a Barista.
When he’s not making memes and writing Tweets, Nelson likes to support citizenship and voter registration drives. Since he found out his Union was involved in fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, he has learned that U.S. citizenship and worker’s rights go hand-in-hand. For the past year, he’s been learning all of the different ways communications supports organizing.
As a member of one of the largest and strongest union locals in the country, Nelson is proud of the work he is doing every day.

Mary Cathryn Ricker


MARY CATHRYN RICKER is the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. She was overwhelmingly elected to that position in July 2014 at the AFT’s biennial convention in Los Angeles. Ricker served as president of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 28, since 2005, as an AFT vice president since 2012, and a member of the AFT K-12 Teachers program and policy council since 2006. – See more at:

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