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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 Albert Verri served as a staff member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 4 Agricultural Implement Department. Mr. Verri’s papers relate his work as a UAW Region 4 officer and provide insight into the agricultural implement industry in the Midwestern U.S.
Dates: 1945 - 1968
Abstract Carl Shier (1917-2007) served in many roles in the labor movement, including as a member of the Shop Committee of UAW Local 6, Melrose Park, Illinois (1950); as financial secretary of UAW International Harvester Council; as a UAW International representative for the Competitive Shop Department (1958). In 1960, he joined the organizing staff of the UAW and was especially active in organizing and servicing local unions in Illinois. His papers, donated in 1967, cover the agricultural implement...
Dates: 1949 - 1966
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 Subjects include: Latino migrant workers; sugarcane industry; UFW; Florida agriculture; rural poverty; black migrant workers
Dates: 1949 - 1975
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 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 The Michigan Migrant Ministry Coalition was organized in 1978 under the leadership of Sr. Theresa Grekowicz. The immediate successor to the Michigan Farm Worker Ministry and the Michigan Migrant Ministry, the MFWMC aimed to assist farm workers in organizing for better wages and working conditions, as well as to improve farm worker access to health coverage and education.The records of part 1 and 2 of the Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition consist of correspondence, reports,...
Dates: 1950 - 1993
Abstract The National Policy Association (NPA)was established in 1934 as the National Planning Association, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution founded by prominent business and labor leaders who believed that the private sector should actively participate in the formulation of public policy. The organization’s name was changed to National Policy Association in 1997. Organized with a broad-based structure of committees and an independent research program, the NPA brought together influential...
Dates: 1930 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2003
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 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 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 The United Auto Workers Agricultural Implement Department records cover primarily the activities of the International Harvester Department, concerning grievances, contract negotiations, local unions, and the assistant director. Also covered are the UAW's association with the John Deere Company and the Caterpillar Tractor Company.
Dates: 1945 - 1969
Abstract UAW Local 6 represents the workers at the International Harvester Company diesel engine plant in Melrose Park, Illinois. Subjects include, UAW Agricultural Implement Division, UAW Harvester Council and International Harvester.
Dates: 1947 - 1969
Abstract Subjects include: International Harvester (Portland, Oregon); agricultural implement industry workers
Dates: 1948 - 1961; Majority of material found within 1952 - 1958
Abstract Subjects include: agricultural implement and auto industry workers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Colorado; Ken Worley
Dates: 1968 - 1986
Abstract Subjects include: automobile and agricultural implement workers in Minnesota; negotiations; benefits
Dates: 1941 - 1980; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1979
Abstract Subjects include: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, North and South Dakota automobile and agricultural implement industry workers; Kohler strike; Harvey Kitzman; Ray Majerus; UAW Local 833.
Dates: 1948 - 1973
Abstract Subjects include: OPA; defense; labor legislation; U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dates: 1935 - 1957
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 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 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
- Labor unions 26
- Agricultural laborers 15
- Boycotts 13
- Migrant workers 11
- Child labor 9
- Labor unions -- Organizing 6
- Migrant agricultural laborers 6
- Strikes and lockouts 6
- Emigration and Immigration 4
- Pesticides 4
- Automobile industry and trade 3
- Hispanic Americans 3
- Labor 3
- Civil rights 2
- Collective bargaining 2
- Community organization 2
- Contract negotiations 2
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 2
- Minorities 2
- African Americans 1
- Agricultural implement industry 1
- Communism 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Fair Labor Standards Act 1
- Farm work legislation 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Medical care 1
- Oral histories 1
- Race relations 1
- Radicalism 1
- Social history 1
- Sound recordings 1
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 1
- Transcripts 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Work environment 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 1
- United Farm Workers 17
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 6
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 3
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 10 2
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 2
- AFL-CIO 1
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- California Migrant Ministry 1
- Filipino American Political Association 1
- Florida Christian Migrant Ministry 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 492 (Portland, Or.) 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 5 1
- Itlong, Larry 1
- Kitzman, Harvey 1
- Majerus, Raymond E. (Raymond Edward), 1924-1987 1
- Michigan Migrant Ministry 1
- Montgomery, Donald E. 1
- National Policy Association (U.S.) 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Sharwood, Mark 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Shier, Carl 1
- Smith, Sydney D., 1915- 1
- Thomas, Robert J. (Robert Joseph) 1
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- Velasco, Peter 1
- Verri, Albert 1
- Yinger, Winthrop 1 ∧ view less
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