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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 David Burciaga worked with many farm worker movement leaders, including Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla in various capacities, from the 1950s to the 1980s. He served as the United Farm Workers’ top contract negotiator, working with both farm workers and growers. Prior to his involvement with the UFW, Burciaga worked with the American Friends Service Committee as the El Porvenir community development advisor from 1964 to 1970 and for the Community Service Organization (CSO)....
Dates: 57 - 1970
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 work of Cesar Chavez, former President of the United Farm Workers, on behalf of farm migrants, resulted in his being closely examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was seen as possibly subversive in the 1960s for several reasons, such as his empowerment of minorities against a powerful and Anglo-controlled agribusiness and association with Alinsky, a known radical. The FBI records are microfilm copies published in cooperation with the FBI, and released under the Freedom of...
Dates: 1960 - 1969
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 In 1956 Larry Itliong founded the Filipino Farm Labor Union in California. With the formation in 1967 of UFWOC (United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) Larry Itliong became Assistant Director to Cesar Chavez in the union that would eventually become the UFW. In January, 1970 he was appointed National Boycott Coordinator of the UFWOC. Itliong resigned from the Union on October 15, 1971. He devoted the rest of his life to improving the lives of retired Filipino farm workers, and to a wide...
Dates: 1942 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1963 - 1974
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 Mark Sharwood was as a full time volunteer for the United Farm Workers from 1976 until 1982. He worked towards passing Proposition 14, for which he traveled through California, Texas, Mid-west states and New York, assisting with various boycotts and campaigns. Beginning in 1978, Sharwood handled the propaganda for the Imperial Valley election. He created graphic fliers in order to communicate ideas that did not translate into words. Sharwood's records consist of leaflets, pamphlets and flyers...
Dates: 1974 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1977 - 1978
Abstract In 2000, Fred Stielow interviewed "labor priest" Monsignor George Higgins. Collection consists of an audio recording. Higgins talks about his long involvement, through his leadership in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the United Farm Workers and association with Cesar Chavez. He offers his perspectives on Chavez's legacy, the need for a thorough history of the man and the movement, and the importance of open access to relevant archival material.
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 Robert J. Thomas is a professor at Brandeis University and Executive Director at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. He was formerly a professor of Organizational Studies at MIT. Thomas' area of interest lies in leadership and transformational change. He has written books, such as Citizenship, Gender, and Work: Social Organization of Industrial Agriculture, with the UFW as subject matter. The Robert Thomas collection reflects his previous research for his book in organizational...
Dates: 1948 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1980
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. While most of SEIU’s members reside in the United States, the SEIU is an international union with members and affiliates in countries all over the world. The records of SEIU’s International Affairs Department document the SEIU’s relationships with companies, unions,...
Dates: 1985 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1992 - 1998
Abstract Sydney Smith was active in the California Migrant Ministry (later known as the National Farm Worker Ministry) and served as the founding director of Pasadena’s Community Housing Service. The papers of Mr. Smith document his research conducted for his book on the migrant ministries entitled Grapes of Conflict: The Faith Community and Farm Workers.
Dates: 1940 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1986
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 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 grew out of several farm workers organizations in the 1960s and was led for over thirty years by Cesar Chavez. The Information and Research Department serves as the research center for the union, collecting materials of interest in many areas importantin to the organization. Their records reflect the range of services which the union provided for its members, including legal and immigration assistance, workman's compensation claims, healthcare, and grievance mediation. Other subjects...
Dates: 1939 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1977
Abstract The records of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee Boycott New Orleans Office (successor name United Farm Workers) highlight their efforts to gain support from area affiliates, such as religious groups and New Orleans labor union leaders, for the boycott.
Abstract The UFW Massachusetts Boycott Office: Boston opened in 1967, one of several regional branch offices of the UFW formed to organize communities to participate in a consumer boycott of lettuce, grapes, wines, and other agricultural products. The primary activity of the office involved outreach efforts (mailing letters, hosting rallies and events) aimed at prominent members of the greater Boston area, including political leaders, church leaders, and business leaders, as well as college campuses...
Dates: 1966 - 1982
Abstract The records of the UFW Missouri Boycott Office relate to the various strikes and boycotts that occurred nationally during the period of the 1970s. The Missouri Boycott Offices were located in two locations, Kansas City and St. Louis. The people directing these boycott offices worked on petitions, boycotts of grocery store chains and agricultural products, and raising awareness about the UFW’s dispute with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.The majority of material in this...
Dates: 1968 - 1979
Abstract The records of the United Farm Workers Jersey City Boycott Office describe their attempts to limit the shipment and sale of on-union grapes through the coordination of an effective national boycott campaign.
Dates: 1968 - 1972
Abstract Arturo Rodriguez became president of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1993 upon the death of Cesar Chavez, co-founder and president of the UFW from its start and Rodriguez’s father-in-law and mentor. Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1949 and attended Catholic schools there. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1971 and a Masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1973. Rodriguez learned of...
Dates: 1938 - 1997; Majority of material found within 1976 - 1996
Abstract The UFW Ohio Boycott was part of a nationwide series of boycotts that the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts alerted the national consumer of the grape and lettuce strikes that had erupted in California and other states. The main duty of all of the Ohio offices was to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information, and directing the boycott of certain agricultural crops within the state of...
Dates: 1967 - 1978
- Agricultural laborers 27
- Labor unions 23
- Boycotts 22
- Agriculture 19
- Migrant workers 13
- Strikes and lockouts 11
- Migrant agricultural laborers 10
- Labor unions -- Organizing 9
- Child labor 6
- Pesticides 6
- Collective bargaining 5
- Emigration and Immigration 4
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 4
- Oral histories 4
- Sound recordings 4
- Contract negotiations 3
- Hispanic Americans 3
- Labor 3
- Civil rights 2
- Community organization 2
- Labor leaders -- United States 2
- Minorities 2
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 2
- Transcripts 2
- Anti-apartheid movements 1
- California Politics and government 1
- Communism 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Fair Labor Standards Act 1
- Farm work legislation 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Human rights 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Janitors 1
- Labor disputes 1
- Pacifists 1
- Pay equity 1
- Pesticides -- Health aspects -- California 1
- Picketing 1
- Privatization 1
- Radicalism 1
- Service industries 1
- Social history 1
- Strike votes 1
- Unfair labor practices 1
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Women's rights 1
- Workers' rights 1
- World War, 1914-1918 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 1
- United Farm Workers 26
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 4
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 4
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 3
- National Farm Workers Association 3
- AFL-CIO 2
- California Migrant Ministry 2
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 2
- Itlong, Larry 2
- Velasco, Peter 2
- African National Congress 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Beffel, John Nicholas 1
- Burciaga, David 1
- Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Filipino American Political Association 1
- Higgins, George 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Labour Organization 1
- National Farm Workers of America 1
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Public Services International 1
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Service Employees International Union 1
- Sharwood, Mark 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Smith, Sydney D., 1915- 1
- Stielow, Frederick 1
- Taylor, William W. 1
- Thomas, Robert J. (Robert Joseph) 1
- Tussey, Richard B. 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- World Bank 1
- Yinger, Winthrop 1 ∧ view less
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