United Farm Workers Union

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In the article “The United Farmworkers Union”, by Rick Tejada-Flores talks about the struggle that chicanos had in the 1900’s. The UFW is the only successful union ever to defend the rights of those who grew and harvested the crops. There were many attempts to organize a union in the past and they all failed. In the 1910’s and 1920’s there were many attempts led by Communist unions. The National Labor Relations Act took effect in 1936 giving most american workers the right to join unions. From 1962 to 1965 Cesar Chavez and a small group of organizers traveled up and down California’s agricultural valleys, talking to people, holding house meetings, helping with problems, and inviting farmworkers to join their new organization. They didn’t call the National Farmworkers Association a labor union, because people had such bad memories of lost strikes and unfulfilled promises. It was a slow and tedious process. A lot changed on September 8, 1965. On that day another farmworker group, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, struck the Delano table grape growers. Most of AWOC’s members were Filipinos who had come to the U.S. during the 1930s. A week later the NFWA voted to join the strike. Among the joint leadership were Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla from NFWA, and Larry Itliong, Andy Imutan and Philip Veracruz from AWOC. There was a lot of struggle for chicanos in this time. Fighting for rights and power all at the same time. The farmworkers wanted people to see their strike as something bigger and more dramatic, a battle for justice and human dignity. It became the cause, la causa! The strikers reached out to church groups and student activists. Both had been drawn to the civil rights struggles in the South, and both responded to the “David vs. Goliath” battle taking place in Delano. The public was also attracted to the farmworkers
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