Bloomington City Council
‘We have a shared future’
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review
October 21, 2023
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON — “We all come from different places. The one thing we have in common is we have a shared future,” says Chao Moua.
Moua was appointed to an At Large seat on the Bloomington city council in January 2023 to fill a vacancy. He’s now running for that seat in a special election set for November 7 with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Moua’s other labor endorsements include: AFSCME Council 5, IBEW Local 292, LiUNA Minnesota & North Dakota, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, UNITE HERE Local 17.
In serving on the council this year, Moua says, “it’s the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
He sees his role on the council as not just addressing issues like affordable housing and transportation, but also helping people “grow their ideas” in Bloomington, whether that’s starting a business or a nonprofit.
||Chao Moua: ‘It’s important for us
to provide opportunities for the workers who are the backbone of our community.’
Moua grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse with a degree in biology, and later earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Moua’s parents were Hmong refugees from Laos, who came to the U.S with nothing. But, Moua said, “when my dad started working at Nestle and joined the union, it created stability in our life.”
His father was a member of UFCW Local 1473 and worked at the Nestle plant in Eau Claire. From his father, he learned “how important it is to have good management who support the workers.”
From his mother, who opened a Hmong grocery store and deli, he gained the viewpoint of a small business owner.
For Moua, honoring his immigrant heritage and the challenges his family and other immigrant families have faced is important — and offers lessons for the country and the city of Bloomington — so we can build on “the hard work of those who came before.”
“It’s important for us to provide opportunities for the workers who are the backbone of our community,” Moua says.