Joaquin F. Otero of Arlington, VA passed away on November 9, 2016. Born in Havana, Cuba on April 3, 1934, Otero was a major player in the American labor movement, serving a Vice President of the Transportation-Communications Union and the first Hispanic elected Vice-President of the National AFL-CIO. Otero was a founder and later served as National President of the AFL-CIO's Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. He later served as Deputy Undersecretary of Labor for International Labor Affairs in the Clinton Administration. He was the recipient of the Cardinal Gibbons award for trade union leadership at the Metro Labor Council's annual Labor Day Mass in the late ‘80's.
- adapted from The Washington Post