SMART Local 88 Organizer Featured in AFL-CIO Newsletter

Published: June 25, 2021

SMART Local 88 Organizer Al Lopez was featured earlier this month in the weekly newsletter of the Western Region of the AFL-CIO. Below is the full text of the newsletter’s profile. Congrats Brother Lopez!


Al Lopez is a member and organizer for International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 88 and has dedicated many years to being politically active in fighting to elect worker champions, in addition to his staff duties. He has served as a captain for labor programs since 2006 and now serves as a local union coordinator for the Southern Nevada Central Labor Council. He is also a founding member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement chapter in Las Vegas that was chartered in 2020.

Everyone knows Lopez for his support of campaign program volunteers; and on days he isn’t knocking on doors, you can find him behind the local’s massive barbecue grill.

Everyone knows Lopez for his support of campaign program volunteers; and on days he isn’t knocking on doors, you can find him behind the local’s massive barbecue grill. “I’ve put in well over 14 years of cooking ‘sheet metal hamburgers’ (as volunteers refer to them), hot dogs, chicken and carne asada for candidates and for charities like St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Local 88 retirees deserve recognition for the fine craftsmanship it took to build our beast of a barbecue,” Lopez said.