Bella and Anibel Comelo Oral History Interview
Bella Comelo and her daughter, Anibel Comelo-Ferris, are both of Goan Christian origin and both have a long history of labor organizing here in the US, Bella through her job with the school district and Anibel through her work as a university professor who also served as a union organizer.
In this slideshow, you will see:
"My New Vision" by Bella Comelo
In 2000, as unions shifted more to an organizing model rather than just serving needs of members, SEIU brought on a new leadership team. When Bella Comelo was elected to this team, she wrote this poem. She noted, "After this the classified staff got annuity reinstated, but after I got promotion it was taken out again."
Service Employees International Union to Bella Comelo
This award from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was given to Bella Comelo for her hard work organizing workers at the San Francisco Airport to unionize. She mentions this campaign in her oral history of her experience becoming a union member and then organizing others.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Newsletter
In this article from summer 1995 of the APALA (Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance) newsletter, Bella Comelo is featured as she joins the board and speaks out about priorities such as affirmative action and immigration justice.