Lamoin Werlein-Jaén Returns to Local 21

Local 21 is happy to welcome back Lamoin Werlein-Jaén.

Lamoin is coming to us from the UC Berkeley Institute on Labor and Employment, where he has been the Director of Leadership Development Programs, overseeing training programs for unions and working on technical assistance projects. Prior to that, he was a lead Representative for Local 21 in San Jose. Lamoin started his more than 20 years in the labor movement as an activist/organizer in solidarity with workers at the famous Hormel Strike in Austin, Minnesota. He also became a steward and leader in his AFSCME local after getting a county job that was covered by a union contract. He comes from a line of proud union members and politically active family members.

“After spending two years in academia helping a variety of unions, especially with confronting Janus v AFSCME, I came to the conclusion that I could have a bigger impact in fighting Janus by coming back to work at a union,” says Lamoin. 

Lamoin Werlein-Jaén sits on the Executive Board of the San Mateo Labor Council, where he was President from 2013 to 2016. Prior to this, he worked for 18 years at UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco, serving as the elected Vice-President from 2000 to 2006 and elected Secretary Treasurer from 2006 to 2012. In addition, he was a faculty member at City College of San Francisco in the Labor and Community Studies Program, and now sits on its Advisory Board.

Lamoin came to the United States from Panama in 1981. He first moved to Madison, Wisconsin, then on to California, in 1995. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University.  On the weekends, you can find him driving his sons around the peninsula to endless sports and school events.

Local 21 welcomes Lamoin back!