The waterfront and stevedoring have been in the Olvera blood since the mid 1800’s. Bobby Olvera, Jr was raised in household that was immersed in the Labor Movement. Bobby’s’ father was a Union official in Southern California for 25 years and was elected to represent the West Coast when Bobby Jr was in High School. The Family moved to San Francisco where Bobby Jr’s labor and social education really began. Attending meetings and events with his father, Bobby Jr was introduced to Political and Labor Leaders from around the world. Mayors, Members of Congress, Presidential Candidates and Labor leaders form near and far all had a hand in grooming Bobby Jr for things to come.
In 1989, Bobby was registered as a Longshoreman in ILWU Local 10, San Francisco and immediately began his participation in the Union. While a member of Local 10, Bobby was elected to the Contra Costa Labor Council, Local 10 Executive Board, Local 10 Caucus and Convention delegate, and volunteered on the Richmond Toxic Coalition and numerous other community based advocacy groups. In 1998, Bobby Jr transferred to ILWU Local 13, Los Angeles/Long Beach. Upon arriving back in Southern California, Bobby Jr continued his participation and began to assume leadership positions. From 1998 to present, Bobby Jr has been elected and served Local 13 as Business Agent, Chief Dispatcher, Trustee, Caucus and Convention Delegate, and Vice President.
Currently, Bobby Jr is in his third term as Vice President and also holds the position of Executive Vice President of the LA County Federation of Labor.