Teamster delegates from around the country are gathering today in Los Angeles, Calif. for the 2012 Convention of the Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus. This year’s Convention features three days of plenaries, workshops and speakers like Teamster astronaut Jose Hernandez.

Registration begins this morning and will be followed by a welcome reception at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be packed with workshops, receptions and Caucus elections.

“In this election year, the many issues that matter to Hispanic and Latino members of our great union are at the center of national, state and local politics,” said TNHC President George Miranda.

“That’s why it’s important for us as Teamsters to come together this year to discuss these issues. Hispanic members are a valued part of the Teamster family and the unity of our Caucus is critical to preparing for the elections and the year ahead,” said Miranda, who is also an International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 210 in New York.

Notable speakers at the Convention include labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta who will speak on Saturday. Friday’s keynote speaker, Jose Hernandez, a former cannery worker and member of Local 601, is also an astronaut and is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 10th District.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall will address the delegates by video along with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.).

“This biannual gathering of Hispanic Teamsters from around the country demonstrates just the kind of diverse union we are,” Hoffa said this morning ahead of the Convention.

“Hispanic workers are a growing part of our union and their active involvement has helped put the Teamsters at the forefront of issues like immigration and fair trade.”

Miranda added that much of the membership growth of the Teamsters over the past several years has come from Hispanic workers.

Click here for the Convention agenda.

For more information, contact Art Cantu at 858-292-7344.

Click here for more information on the Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus.