Baldemar Velasquez, President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC, AFL-CIO)
On November 11, 2018, the executive board of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC, AFL-CIO) endorsed the LCIP campaign. FLOC represents 23,000 mostly-Latino farmworkers in the Midwest and North Carolina. The union is presently boycotting e-cigarette maker VUSE and seeking a collective-bargaining agreement with its parent company, British American Tobacco.
FLOC supports the campaign’s two-prong platform: running independent labor-community candidates beginning in 2020 at the local level, and promoting the discussion in the labor movement about the need for an independent labor-based political party.