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UFW Organizing Committee (UFWOC) Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000221_OC
The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee Collection consists of general subject and correspondence files as well as special files covering strikes, boycotts and negotiations.

Important subjects in the collection: California Rural Legal Assistance DiGiorgio Corporation Arbitration and Election Grape Boycotts Grape Strike, 1965 et. seq. Giumarra Kennedy, Robert F. Presidential Campaign McCarthy, Eugene Presidential Campaign Perelli- Minetti Agreement Pesticides Pilgrimage to Sacramento, 1966 UFWOC Charter UFWOC Constitution

Important correspondents: Chatfield, Leroy; Drake, James; Huerta, Dolores; Kirchner, William; McCarthy, Eugene; Wirtz, Willard

Dates

  • 1959 - 1970

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English and Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (10 MB)

Abstract

The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) was formed in 1966 with the merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, and was the precursor to the United Farm Workers. Their records center mainly on their activities on behalf of California farm workers.

History

The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee was formed in 1966 with the merger of the independent National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, affiliated with the AFL-CIO (AWOC).

The National Farm Workers Association was organized under the direction of Cesar Chavez in Fresno, California in 1962. It began as an independent, self-help organization for farm workers in California. In 1965, NFWA joined AWOC, whose membership was primarily Filipino-American, in strikes against a number of growers in the region centering around Delano in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

On August 3, 1966, NFWA and AWOC merged under a charter from the AFL-CIO to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. Cesar Chavez was elected director and Larry Itliong of AWOC was elected assistant director.

Although the activities of UFWOC have centered in California, they have also attempted to organize farm workers in other areas of the Southwest and have promoted nationwide boycotts of California table grapes and the commercial products of California wine grape growers. In addition to its attempts to organize and represent farm workers, UFWOC operates a credit union, a health center and a newspaper.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

The papers of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee were deposited with the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1967 and subsequent dates by UFWOC.

Related Materials

United Farm Workers collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW Organizing Committee (UFWOC) Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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