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Abstract The United Farm Workers of America (predecessor name, United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) is a 20th Century union, created when the National Farm Workers Association and Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee merged to form UFWOC, to further the rights of farm workers. As the union developed, it led strikes and organizing campaigns to advance their efforts. Parts 1 and 2 of the Agricultural Workers History Collection are comprised of articles, publications, crop and migrant...
Dates: 1949 - 1977
Abstract AWOC was chartered by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to organize farm workers in California. During its seven-year existence, AWOC called many strikes against growers and farm labor contractors and achieved some success in raising wages of farm laborers.
Dates: 1959 - 1966
Abstract This collection contains the papers of Anna Andreini-Brophy. It covers her time working with Stewart Mott at Spectemur Agendo, Inc., to assisting Cesar Chavez and working for the United Farm Workers movement, and then to her later life as a real estate agent.
Dates: 1965 - 2017; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974
Abstract Dolores Huerta champions the rights of farm workers and Latinos. As a young teacher her experiences in classrooms filled with hungry children of migrant farm workers led her to believe that an even greater need was organizing farm workers. Dolores first met Cesar Chavez in the late 1950s while organizing farm workers under the name of the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1962 they founded the National Farm Workers Association in Delano, California. Today, Dolores Huerta continues to place...
Dates: 1970 - 1995
Abstract Don Watson was active in community organizations, politics and labor unions most of his life. Before retiring, Watson was an active member of the ILWU Local 34 from 1955 to 1993 serving in a variety of capacities. In the mid-1960s he joined the Five-Dollar-a-Month Club in support of the farm workers organizing drive that was founded by members from ILWU Local 10. Later Watson became head of the organization and continued to collect funds for the striking farm workers from the clerks and...
Dates: 1966 - 1978
Abstract Elaine Graves served on the staffs of both the United Farm Workers and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Her papers, while gathered during her tenure with AFSCME, reflect her continued interest with the UFW boycott effort.
Dates: 1972 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1976 - 1978
Abstract Founded in Toledo, OH in 1967 by Baldemar Valasquez, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) represents migrant workers in the agricultural industry, and seeks to promote and protect the right of farm workers to actively participate in decisions that affect their conditions. FLOC centered their efforts not on growers, who the organization realized were relatively powerless, but on the large food processing companies who ran the agricultural business and ultimately controlled farm workers...
Dates: 1967 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1989
Abstract The Industrial Workers of the World was founded in 1905 and is a member-run union for all workers. The IWW organizes all workers producing the same goods or services into one union instead of pooling them by skill or trade. Numbered among its members (known popularly as Wobblies) are lumberjacks, miners, farmhands (especially migrant workers), sailors, and workers in textile mills. Since their founding, the IWW has made significant contributions to labor struggles around the world. The union is...
Dates: 1903 - 1996
Abstract Ken Barger (1941-), who was raised in east Tennessee, became active in social change after his experiences serving in the Vietnam War. He was a professor of Anthropology for thirty years at Indiana University Indianapolis focusing professionally on social change. Through these professional interests, he got involved with the farm labor movement and the immigrant rights movement. Barger has been an active member of the FLOC movement since 1979. He participated in many activities, such as...
Dates: 1980 - 2009; Majority of material found within 1982 - 2009
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24...
Dates: 1969 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1993
Abstract Subjects include: United Farm Workers; Cesar Chavez; organizing farm workers; agricultural labor relations cases; boycott in Canada; UFW National Executive Board; Jessica Govea; medical programs
Dates: 1968 - 1980
Abstract The Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition, active from 1978 through the 1990s, worked to assist farm workers’ organizing efforts and to improve their access to health care and education. This collection consists of photographs documenting their activities and the activities of related organizations, as well as audio recordings, posters, banners, and other ephemera.
Dates: 1953 - 1993
Abstract The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM)—original name Migrant Ministry— has been administering to the nation’s farm workers since the 1920’s. It originally operated in southeastern United States and by the early 1940s expanded to aid migrant workers in fifteen states. It was during the strikes and boycotts of the 1960s and 1970s initiated by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) that brought the California Migrant Ministry and other state migrant ministries to form a national...
Dates: 1970 - 1985
Abstract The Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers was a branch of the National Farm Workers Ministry. NFWM began in 1920 as a ministry of charity and service, providing food, clothing and day care to the farm workers. When United Farm Workers founder César Chávez began organizing in the 1960's, he called on the religious community to change its emphasis from charity to justice. NFWM became the vehicle for people of faith to respond to that call.The collection consists of...
Dates: 1963 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1982 - 1988
Abstract Philip Vera Cruz (Dec 25, 1904 – June 12, 1994) was born in Saoag, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He worked on farms in the Philippines before traveling to the United States in 1926. Vera Cruz worked several odd jobs around the Midwest, but was not active in any union before moving to California in 1943 and becoming a farm worker. He joined the Agricultural Worker Organizing Committee (AWOC) and soon became a leader in farm workers rights. In 1965 he was an active force in the AWOC decision to...
Dates: 1966 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1975
Abstract United Farm Workers grew out of several farm workers organizations of the 1960s and was led by Cesar Chavez for over thirty years. The Administration Department records reflect the wide range of people and groups with whom the UFW corresponded. The work of the union itself is well represented, including U.S., Canada, and Europe boycott files, El Malcriado files, and negotiations with southern California grape growers. Part 3 of the records represent the second decade of the union’s progress...
Dates: 1955 - 1984; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1978
Abstract The UFW grape and lettuce boycotts of the late 1960s and early 1970s were the outgrowth of The Delano Grape Strike, which occurred in September 1965 in California. In 1967 the idea of boycotting a product was fostered by Cesar Chavez, head of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). Chavez’s intent was to alert the nation that farm workers were looking for civil rights, as well as fairer wages and thus used the tactic of boycotting as a non-violent means of furthering his goal....
Dates: 1943 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1967 - 1976
Abstract The primary mission of the UFW California boycott offices was to alert the nation that farm laborers were looking for civil rights, as well as fairer wages. Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers Union believed that a non-violent boycott of grapes and lettuce would convey the message. The two main city offices were located in Los Angeles and San Francisco. These offices were primarily concerned with organizing letter-writing campaigns to growers, distributors (with special attention...
Dates: 1965 - 1980; Majority of material found in 1976 - 1976
Abstract The UFW Montreal Boycott Office Records contains materials specific to the activities surrounding the grape and lettuce boycotts in Montreal and other cities in Canada during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Much of the material is from the tenure of Jessica Govea,a close associate of Cesar Chavez. Her work directing boycotts in Canada helped theunion win one of its first contracts with a California grape grower and ultimately settlewith the entire industry.
Dates: 1967 - 1974; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971
Abstract One of the largest boycott offices in Canada was located in Toronto. Coordinated by Bill Masterson, Jessica Govea, Marshall Ganz and others, the Toronto boycott staff and volunteers, including church and student groups, led a successful campaign against the sale and shipment of non-union grapes in Canada.
Dates: 1973 - 1978
Abstract The UFW Canadian Boycott documents the operations and activities of the Winnipeg branch of the United Farm Workers boycott operations between the years of 1970 and 1974. The two major boycotts of that era were, grapes and grape-products produced by employers of non-union labor, and another concerning non-union lettuce, as well as other smaller campaigns. Fred Schumacher headed the Winnipeg office.
Dates: 1961 - 1974; Majority of material found within 1971 - 1973
Abstract The Florida Boycott office was created by the UFW to handle the boycott of designated products in the state of Florida. It also served as a base for the UFW’s lobbying at the Democratic National Convention in Miami in 1972.
Dates: 1961 - 1983
Abstract The Florida Boycott office was created by the UFW to handle the boycott of designated products in the state of Florida. Files consist of boycott correspondence, reports, newsletters, research materials and UFW negotiations with the Coca-Cola Company and to a larger degree, the citrus industry.
Dates: 1962 - 1992
Abstract The Hawaii Boycott Committee of the United Farm Workers was formed in the latter part of 1968 under the auspices, and with the support, of the Hawaii AFL-CIO. The collection documents its function to promote the boycott of California table grapes throughout the state of Hawaii.
Dates: 1968 - 1970
Abstract The UFW Illinois Boycott was a part of the nationwide boycotts that the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts aimed to end the sale of non-union grapes and lettuce. The main duty of the Chicago office, which was led by Eliseo Medina, was to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information, and directing the boycott of specific stores within Illinois. This collection contains flyers,...
Dates: 1962 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1974
- Agricultural laborers 43
- Migrant agricultural laborers 20
- Agriculture 18
- Migrant workers 17
- Labor unions 15
- Strikes and lockouts 12
- Child labor 10
- Pesticides 9
- Labor unions -- Organizing 7
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 6
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 6
- Farm work legislation 5
- Labor 5
- Emigration and Immigration 4
- Pesticides -- Health aspects -- California 4
- Collective bargaining 3
- Hispanic Americans 3
- Labor leaders -- United States 3
- Sound recordings 3
- Church work with migrant labor 2
- Civil rights 2
- Community organization 2
- Contract negotiations 2
- Minorities 2
- Oral histories 2
- Picketing 2
- California Politics and government 1
- Charity organization 1
- Child migrant agricultural laborers 1
- Citrus fruit industry 1
- Demonstrations 1
- Endowments 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Fund raising 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Mexican American migrant agricultural laborers -- Periodicals 1
- Michigan -- History 1
- Migrant agricultural laborers -- Housing 1
- Pacifists 1
- Photographs 1
- Posters 1
- Transcripts 1
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- World War, 1914-1918 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 1
- United Farm Workers 41
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 5
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 4
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 4
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 3
- National Farm Workers Association 3
- AFL-CIO 2
- Coca-Cola Bottling Company United (U.S.) 2
- Ganz, Marshall 2
- National Farm Workers of America 2
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 2
- Velasco, Peter 2
- AFSCME 1
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- Andreini-Brophy, Anna 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Beffel, John Nicholas 1
- California Migrant Ministry 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Cruz, Jesse de la 1
- Democratic National Convention (Miami Beach, Fla.) 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Dunbar, Leslie 1
- Graves, Elaine 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- Itlong, Larry 1
- Matthiessen, Peter 1
- Medina, Eliseo 1
- Michigan Council of Churches 1
- Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition 1
- Mott, Stewart R. 1
- National Farm Workers Service Center 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Orendain, Antonio 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Spectemur Agendo, Inc. 1
- Taylor, William W. 1
- Tussey, Richard B. 1
- United Farm Workers. Toronto Boycott Office 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- Watson, Don 1 ∧ view less
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