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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 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 Subjects include: organizing; boycotts
Dates: 1973 - 1982
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 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 Since the United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) was established as an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in August 1935, the union has maintained an office to deal with public relations. At that time, a "Committee on Publication" was formed, which became the "Publication Committee" in April 1936. The Committee subsequently became the "Publicity Department" in August 1936, when the UAW became an independent union affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations...
Dates: 1929 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1985 - 1995
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
Abstract Peter Velasco has served in a number of positions in the UFW. He worked as the Stockton, California Field Office Director, as the director of the Strike Defense Fund, was a board member of the Farm Workers Credit Union, and was a member of the National Executive Board member since 1973. He and his wife Dolores Ann also worked on the US Senate campaign of Tom Hayden in 1976. Peter Velasco died in 1995. His records consists of office files, largely from the time when Velasco was...
Dates: 1942 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1965 - 1995
Abstract After college, Jocelyn Sherman started at the United Farm Workers (UFW) as a public relations representative and has been with the UFW for over 20 years. Sherman served as a documentary photographer for the UFW and as manager of the UFW’s public relations department before becoming the UFW’s Internet Communications Director.Sherman’s records consist of the UFW public relations department’s files from 1988 to 2001 and reflect her work with UFW campaigns during that era, including...
Dates: 1979 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1988 - 2001
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973 the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993.The papers of the Wisconsin Boycott Office record the activities of the UFW primarily in Milwaukee during the mid 1970s, including several director's records. The office worked to...
Dates: 1972 - 1978
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973, the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993.
Dates: 1969 - 1975
Abstract In 1976, William "Bill" Taylor, who had worked as an assistant to Cesar Chavez, interviewed labor activists affiliated with the United Farm Workers (UFW). Collection consists of audio recordings of 18 interviews, plus transcripts for 5 of the interviews (Marc Grossman, Nick Jones, Virginia Jones, Mack Lyons, and Mary Lou Watson). Interviewees affiliated with the UFW and its predecessor organizations AWOC and NFWA from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s discuss how they got involved with the UFW; their...
Dates: 1976-05-11 - 1977-08-23
- Agricultural laborers 20
- Labor unions 17
- Agriculture 13
- Strikes and lockouts 10
- Migrant workers 8
- Labor unions -- Organizing 7
- Child labor 6
- Migrant agricultural laborers 6
- Pesticides 6
- Civil rights 3
- Collective bargaining 3
- Emigration and Immigration 3
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 3
- Labor 3
- Labor leaders -- United States 3
- Community organization 2
- Contract negotiations 2
- Hispanic Americans 2
- Minorities 2
- Oral histories 2
- Picketing 2
- Sound recordings 2
- California Politics and government 1
- Community activists 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Farm work legislation 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Industrial hygiene 1
- Industrial safety -- Standards -- United States 1
- Labor movement 1
- Pacifists 1
- Pesticides -- Health aspects -- California 1
- Plant shutdowns 1
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 1
- Transcripts 1
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States 1
- Wisconsin 1
- World War, 1914-1918 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 1
- United Farm Workers 17
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 4
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 4
- National Farm Workers Association 3
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 2
- Industrial Workers of the World 2
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 2
- Velasco, Peter 2
- AFL-CIO 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Beffel, John Nicholas 1
- Bieber, Owen 1
- Bluestone, Irving 1
- California Migrant Ministry 1
- Clinton, Bill, 1946- 1
- Clinton, Hillary Rodham (Hillary Diane Rodham), 1947 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Industrial Workers of the World. Detroit-Ann Arbor Branch 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 1
- Itlong, Larry 1
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 1
- Mandela, Nelson (Nelson Rolihlahla), 1918-2013 1
- National Farm Workers of America 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 1
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Taylor, William W. 1
- Tussey, Richard B. 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- Woodcock, Leonard 1 ∧ view less
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