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  • California Forces Farm Workers into Union

    08/26/2014 12:46:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8-26-14 | Bill McMorris
    A group of Fresno farm workers is accusing the state of California of forcing them into the United Farm Workers union. Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farms held an election in November to determine whether or not they would remain in the UFW. However, those ballots were never counted. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) seized the ballots until it could investigate UFW allegations of voter impropriety. “We direct the regional director to forward to the Board and serve on all parties to the election all challenged ballot declarations and all other evidence in his possession relevant to the eligibility of...
  • The Hispanic Tea Party, circa 1965–-A Tribute to Josephine Gabaldon

    08/25/2013 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/25/13 | Jerry Todd
    It was a dismal epoch in Delano, CA. The goal of the infamous Delano Grape Boycott was to force unionization of the farm workers to improve their pay and working conditions while subjugating their employers. The majority of the workers were Americans of Mexican descent, plus documented immigrants and illegal’s. They have a certain love of the soil and a sense of true beauty and artistry that benefitted California agriculture for generations. They could draw the best out of a grape vine or a fruit tree or make a broken down tractor hum. They are also Roman Catholic from the...
  • ABSOLUT IDIOCY: RECONQUISTA VODKA (Michele Malkin on invaders' plotting against America)

    04/10/2008 4:51:41 AM PDT · by Liz · 66 replies · 146+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 10, 2008 | MICHELE MALKIN
    .....my e-mailbox lit up with messages about a new Absolut ad catering to Mexicans who believe the American Southwest belongs to them. (That extreme ethno-supremacist idea is not news to anyone who has paid attention to the massive illegal-alien marches where "This is our continent, not yours" has been a rallying mainstay.) Favio Ucedo, creative director of leading US Latino ad agency Grupo Gallegos, (not involved in the Absolut campaign), explained the reconquista-endorsing ad: "Mexicans talk about how the Americans stole their land, so this is their way of reclaiming it. It's very relevant and the Mexicans will love the...
  • Obama Honors Socialist Leader at White House – Admits He Stole Her “Yes We Can” Slogan (Video)

    05/29/2012 8:26:35 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 38 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dolores Huerta, an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. During the ceremony today President Obama admitted he stole her slogan “Yes we can!” for his 2008 campaign. (Video at link) ---snip---...Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.” Huerta has claimed, “Republicans hate Latinos,” and has spoken fondly of Hugo...
  • Calif. bill would ease farmworker unionization

    06/28/2011 1:13:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/28/11 | ADAM WEINTRAUB, Associated Press
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Tuesday to act on a bill that would make it easier for unions to organize farmworkers in California, but growers characterize the legislation as a union power-grab. The bill would allow farmworkers to organize by signing a petition away from the fields, rather than holding a secret ballot election as they do now. Unions say the current system leads to intimidation by employers, while farmers say a petition system would make it easier for union organizers to bully workers into joining. Growers and other business groups also say greater unionization...
  • (San Antonio) Council OKs renaming Durango (To Cesar Chavez)

    05/20/2011 7:15:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05/20/2011 | Josh Baugh
    In a vote that split down ethnic lines, the City Council on Thursday approved changing the name of Durango Boulevard in honor of civil rights activist and labor leader César Chávez. Though they all said Chávez should be honored in some meaningful way, none of the non-Latino council members — Ivy Taylor, Reed Williams, Elisa Chan and John Clamp — voted in favor of the proposal. The council's seven Hispanic members supported the initiative. Opposition vacillated from the pragmatic to the philosophical and included arguments that changing the street name would be too great a burden on residents and businesses,...
  • California Assembly passes 'card check' for agricultural workers

    05/17/2011 7:25:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2011 | Phil Boehmke
    The United Farm Workers Union is just a Jerry Brown autograph away from salvation.  The UFW which has seen its membership decline from more than 70,000 in the seventies to roughly 27,000 (including part time and seasonal workers) today is ready to fill its ranks and coffers through ‘card check.’   The Sacramento Bee reports that the California Assembly passed the ‘card check’ bill on Monday.  The measure, Senate Bill 104, cleared the Assembly by a vote of 51-26 with Republicans opposed.  It now goes to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not yet announced whether he will sign it. Proposed...
  • United Farm Workers fight dwindling membership

    04/20/2011 10:14:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 4/20/11 | Gosia Wozniacka Associated Press
    WOODVILLE -- A dozen farmworkers sat in a circle of plastic chairs in a modest living room, listening as a union organizer talked about a bill she said would allow people to organize without fear, rebuild the union and improve conditions in the fields. The United Farm Workers of America drew national attention when workers led by Cesar Chavez inspired a boycott of table grapes in the 1960s and then forced vineyard owners to sign hundreds of contracts providing better pay and working conditions. But experts say employer intimidation, high worker turnover and demographic changes have resulted in union membership...
  • Huerta's Unusual Speech Draws Boos, Snickers

    06/17/2009 2:24:03 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 19 replies · 1,476+ views
    KMJ 580 ^ | 6-17-09 | McKai Cartier & Blake Taylor
    "Controversy still swirls after some say a co-founder of the United Farm Workers union hijacked a commencement address at Cal State Bakersfield." "She also slammed America's most-listened-to talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh."
  • CA: More unions favor legalizing workers (UFW,SEIU)

    03/29/2009 9:38:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 450+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/29/09 | Leslie Berestein
    The dynamics of the farm labor population have changed since César Chávez and others began organizing workers in California's fields. In the early 1960s, a guest-worker program that had imported workers from Mexico since the days of World War II was drawing to a close. Those who were left picking crops were largely legal residents or U.S. citizens of Mexican and Filipino descent, along with working-class white and black Americans. “Back then, probably 80 percent were documented, and about 20 percent were undocumented. Today it would be just the reverse,” said Arturo Rodriguez, president of United Farm Workers, the nation's...
  • Union and states try recruiting farm workers from Mexico

    04/30/2008 3:38:41 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 15 replies · 213+ views
    AG WEEKLY/AP ^ | GARANCE BURKE
    HURON, Calif. - Weary of waiting for Congress to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, the United Farm Workers hopes to recruit Mexican laborers to pick crops on U.S. farms. The union’s efforts to import temporary workers under an existing government program follows similar moves by lawmakers in Arizona and Colorado, who are also trying to create new pathways to bring in foreign field hands without approval from Washington. This month, UFW President Arturo Rodriguez signed an agreement with the governor of the Mexican state of Michoacan to help recruit local residents to apply for temporary jobs on U.S. farms, all...
  • UFW signs pact with Mexican state for guest workers on U.S. farms

    04/18/2008 7:29:44 AM PDT · by radar101 · 5 replies · 226+ views
    SacBee ^ | April 18, 2008 | Susan Ferriss - sferriss@sacbee.co
    The United Farm Workers union has signed an agreement with a Mexican state to help recruit guest workers to labor on U.S. farms legally – and under union contract. "If this is something that's going to be utilized more in the future, then we've got to get in on it," UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said of the H-2A guest worker program. "We're looking for enlightened employers who are willing to sit down and do this with us." The agreement was signed in early April in the western state of Michoacan, which has a long history of migration to California and...
  • Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday

    03/31/2008 6:53:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 135 replies · 2,704+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 31, 2008 | Mark Silva and Don Frederick
    Obama, who has struggled to overcome Clinton's significant advantage among Latino voters in state after state, sought to one-up his rival for the Democratic presidential nod by joining the call for creating a national holiday to commemorate the father of the United Farm Workers. "That's why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a national holiday. It's time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union." Eight states commemorate Chavez' birthday in some fashion. In California, all state offices are closed, but local government facilities and public schools are open....
  • Mexican-American icon earns permanent spot on campus[University of Texas]

    10/10/2007 1:10:44 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 442+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | October 9, 2007 | Elizabeth Pierson Hernandez
    AUSTIN – It took 124 years, but the largest university in Texas on Tuesday unveiled a monument to a Latino leader, Cesar Chavez. “Cesar would be humbled to be acknowledged in this way,” said Juan C. Gonzalez, vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Chavez’s granddaughter, Christine Chavez, and the nation’s head of higher education were among the speakers as more than 1,000 people sang, cried, cheered remembered the legacy of the Mexican-American labor organizer who grew up picking crops in California and went on to found the United Farm Workers union. The statue is...
  • UFW tries to end secret ballots in union elections

    09/06/2007 10:37:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 533+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/6/7 | Daniel Weintraub
    Thirty years ago, legendary union organizer Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers made history by winning the right to a secret ballot for migrant field hands in California who wanted to join a union. Today, in an odd twist, the UFW is trying to take that right away. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is weighing legislation sent to his desk last week that would allow unions to organize farm workers by collecting signed cards from a majority of those workers rather than conducting an election at which each employee makes a confidential choice in the privacy of a voting booth. The...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger's Remarks at the National Council of La Raza Conference

    07/12/2006 2:07:29 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 37 replies · 724+ views
    Governor's Website ^ | 07/08/2006 | Transcript-Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Thank you very much. Thank you. And thank you, Monica Lozano for the wonderful introduction; I really appreciate that. It’s great to be here today. As a matter of fact, I want to thank Monica and Janet Murguía for inviting me here to this great conference, and I want to thank also some people that are working for me in my administration for being here today and inviting me to come here today. First of all I want to just thank Rosario Marín, my Secretary of State in Consumer Services. Where is Rosario? Right here. Give her a big hand....
  • Students Rush to Block Exit Exam

    05/26/2006 11:31:53 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 44 replies · 1,128+ views
    News10 ^ | 5/26/06 | Mikey_1962
    Attorneys for a group of students who sued the state to suspend the high school exit exam have filed an emergency request with a state appeals court. They want the court to urgently hear their claims the test should be suspended for this year's graduating class. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court stayed a lower court's injunction that had barred the exam from taking effect for the Class of 2006. It meant the exam would be a requirement for seniors to graduate. The students and their parents argued that the exam is discriminatory because all California students do not have...
  • United Farm Workers Leave AFL-CIO

    01/12/2006 6:34:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 533+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/12/06 | Will Lester - ap
    WASHINGTON - The United Farm Workers union has left the AFL-CIO and will join a group of breakaway unions known as the Change to Win Coalition, in a move the UFW hopes will boost recruiting efforts, officials said Thursday. The UFW, with about 27,000 members, joins the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, the United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE HERE and the Carpenters in forming the dissident Change To Win Coalition. The Laborers International Union of North America also is part of the new federation, but has not left the AFL-CIO. "We view this as a positive step in...
  • Farmworkers Reap Little as Union Strays From Its Roots

    01/08/2006 1:22:16 AM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 23 replies · 454+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2006 | By Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
    # The movement built by Cesar Chavez has failed to expand on its early successes organizing poor rural laborers. As their plight is used to attract donations that benefit others, services for those in the fields are left to languish. Red letters flash inside the famous black eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers: "Donate," the blinking message urges, to carry on the dreams of Cesar Chavez. Bannered on websites and spread by e-mail, the insistent appeals resonate with a generation that grew up boycotting grapes, swept up in Chavez's populist crusade to bring dignity and higher wages to farmworkers....
  • MINUTEMAN OPPOSITION (TEXAS)

    07/28/2005 7:20:59 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 2,145+ views
    The Monitor ^ | July 28,2005 | Cari Hammerstrom
    PHARR — Once a powerful and militant organization in the Chicano Liberation Movement, the Brown Berets made it known Wednesday that they will oppose the Minuteman border watch group with physical force if necessary. "We want to send the message ‘think twice before you come here,’" said Pablo Delgado, a Brown Beret leader, at a press conference at the Hidalgo County Democratic Party headquarters. The Minutemen have said they will come to Texas in October, although it is still unclear whether South Texas is in their outreach plans. Hidalgo County Democratic Party chairman Juan Maldonado said the party does not...
  • United Farm Workers joins dissident group demanding AFL-CIO changes

    07/22/2005 6:04:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 328+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/22/05 | Ron Fournier - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The small farm workers' union founded by labor hero Cesar Chavez joined a coalition of labor groups demanding changes in the AFL-CIO as the 50-year-old federation inched closer Friday to breaking up. The United Farm Workers union, based outside Bakersfield, Calif., brings to seven the number of unions in the Change to Win Coalition. Four of the coalition unions have threatened to bolt the AFL-CIO - the Teamsters and service employees, along with food and commercial workers and hotel, restaurant, retail, textile and laundry employees. The UFW, organized in 1962 and now consisting of 27,000 members, intends...
  • As Border Tightens, Growers SeeThreat to 'Winter Salad Bowl'

    03/11/2005 2:06:08 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 126 replies · 3,812+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 11, 2005 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    PAGE ONE advertisement Crucial Ingredient As Border Tightens, Growers See Threat to 'Winter Salad Bowl' Yuma, Ariz., Relies on Muscle From Illegal Immigrants; Security vs. Economics A Job Americans Won't Do By MIRIAM JORDAN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL March 11, 2005; Page A1 YUMA, Ariz. -- Shortly before Thanksgiving last year, Tom Nassif did something few law-abiding citizens would ever think to do: He called the U.S. Border Patrol here and suggested agents stop manning a highway checkpoint intended to keep illegal immigrants out of the country. A former U.S. ambassador and currently the president of a...
  • Statement from Kerry on Cesar Chavez Day

    03/29/2004 10:43:36 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Statement from Kerry on Cesar Chavez Day 3/29/2004 12:20:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Laura Capps of John Kerry for President, 202-712-3000; Web: http://www.johnkerry.com SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today, John Kerry visited the 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Forum in Sacramento to talk with a group of children working on a service project commemorating Cesar Chavez Day. Kerry met with children and read an excerpt from Kathleen Krull's "Harvesting Hope," a children's book that details the story of Cesar Chavez's 340-mile march to protest the working conditions of migrant farm workers in California. The holiday...
  • John Kerry Brings Economic Plan to California; Will Create 10 Million New Jobs and Lower Gas Prices

    03/28/2004 6:07:55 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 18 replies · 199+ views
    John Kerry Brings Economic Plan to California; Will Create 10 Million New Jobs and Lower Gas Prices 3/28/2004 6:44:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National and Assignment desks, Political Reporter Contact: Laura Capps of John Kerry for President, 202-712-3000; http://www.johnkerry.com WASHINGTON, March 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- With California suffering from George W. Bush's broken promises and failed policies on the economy, John Kerry will spend Cesar Chavez Day, Monday, in California talking about his plan to create 10 million new jobs during his first term in office and get the economy back on track. In February, Kerry received the endorsement of...
  • Bill to Legalize Migrant Farmworkers Gets Support

    03/28/2004 4:07:21 PM PST · by NewRomeTacitus · 41 replies · 280+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | March 25,2004 | Sergio Bustos
    <p>WASHINGTON - House and Senate lawmakers rallied yesterday behind legislation that would legalize as many as 500,000 illegal immigrants employed as farmworkers, but the Bush administration has yet to endorse the measure.</p> <p>Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the bill's chief sponsors, are urgently working to get the measure onto the Senate floor before the end of the year. They are trying for support from at least 60 senators. So far, the bill has attracted 54 sponsors from both parties.</p>
  • United Farm Workers union endorses Kerry for president

    02/01/2004 12:04:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 220+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/1/04 | AP
    <p>KEENE, Calif. - Leaders of the United Farm Workers union announced Sunday they are endorsing John Kerry's presidential bid.</p> <p>The Democratic senator from Massachusetts has been a friend of the union for decades, said president Arturo Rodriguez. With victories last month in Iowa and New Hampshire, Kerry is also the front runner to take on President Bush.</p>
  • Supporting the Workers -- Hinojosa(Kennedy) speaks at UFW, denounces Bush proposal(Barf Alert)

    01/13/2004 12:45:05 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 143+ views
    The Monitor ^ | January 13,2004 | Juan Ozuna
    SAN JUAN(Texas) — For migrant workers at La Union del Pueblo Entero, it did not matter that U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy spoke to them in broken Spanish: They understood him as he spoke against the president’s immigration policy and cheered in support. Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, joined U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa at the United Farm Workers camp on Monday "Si se puede, pero yo no puedo como mi amigo (It can be done, but I can’t do it like my friend) Rubén," Kennedy said as he introduced himself to a charged group of migrants and farm workers, quoting the UFW’s rally...
  • Bustamante Accepts UFW Support While Facing Questions About Past

    08/30/2003 7:14:29 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 25 replies · 253+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2003 | Kim Baca
    DELANO, Calif. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante accepted the endorsement of farmworkers in California's gubernatorial recall election Saturday, and fended off criticism of his past involvement with a Mexican-American student group that opponents have labeled racist. The United Farm Workers union is among several groups that have endorsed Bustamante while opposing the recall effort against Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. "I'm proud to stand with United Farm Workers, who I have marched with shoulder to shoulder, the farmworkers who are the heart of the agriculture industry," Bustamante, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, told a cheering crowd of more than...
  • United Farm Workers Union Suffers Slap in Face by Grape Farmworkers

    08/22/2003 7:58:52 PM PDT · by Saundra Duffy · 18 replies · 212+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | August 21, 2003 | Cindy Carcamo
    <p>Grape farmworkers in Earlimart voted against United Farm Workers representation, leading union representatives to cry foul Wednesday. UFW representatives said 82% of the employers at Kovacevich "5" Farms were in favor of the union representation. Yet during election day, the UFW failed to secure the majority of votes at the polls.</p>
  • CA: Dolores Huerta starts foundation to promote organizing

    08/18/2003 10:10:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 323+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/18/03 | AP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If anyone deserves a quiet retirement it's Dolores Huerta, but the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, who raised 11 children even as she led marches and strikes that repeatedly put her in hospitals and jails, isn't slowing down. She re-learned how to walk in time to march on Sacramento last year after a near-fatal aneurism left her incapacitated. And now she's giving away a $100,000 award she recently received for her lifetime of service, to launch a new foundation in her name.
  • FReepers and FRiends "welcome" Gray Davis to a UFW rally at Coachella (near Palm Springs)

    10/20/2002 9:44:55 PM PDT · by RonDog · 37 replies · 803+ views
    Freep Davis near Palm Springs on SUNDAY! ^ | October 20, 2002 | RonDog, Tony in Hawaii, the "Chicken Man" - and Howie!
    Once again, we have proven that eGray Davis can RUN, but the cannot HIDE from FReepers, and their FRiends and......the "Chicken Man!"Over a DOZEN FReepers and our (soon-to-be-FReeper) FRiends joined with the ever-present "DEBATE Chicken" to FReep the elusive soon-to-be-EX-Governor of California as he tried to sneak into a United Farm Workers (UFW) rally at the Coachella Valley High School this afternoon. Once again there were MANY more not-yet-officially-registered-FReepers than there were actual FReepers.This is a GOOD thing!Pro-Simon "grassroots activism" is EXPLODING all across California, as MANY concerned citizens are responding to ANY notice - by e-mail or telephone -...
  • Davis gives UFW major victory

    10/01/2002 7:05:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 188+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/01/02 | Lesli A. Maxwell
    <p>United Farm Workers member Amelia Cadena, 87, of Earlimart is overcome with emotion as she celebrates Monday's bill signing on the north steps of the state Capitol.</p> <p>Ending weeks of suspense, Gov. Gray Davis on Monday sided with the United Farm Workers union, signing a pair of bills that for the first time will substantially change California's 27-year-old landmark farm labor law.</p>
  • Davis signs bills offering mediation for state farmworkers

    09/30/2002 6:03:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 238+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/30/02 | Associated Press
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis, choosing between bitter opponents in one of the most controversial calls of the 2002 legislative session, has signed bills offering mediation to California farmworkers in labor disputes with farmers.</p> <p>The governor's action capped months of political rallies that included a farmworker march through the Central Valley to Sacramento and a weekslong vigil by farmworkers and their supporters at the Capitol.</p>
  • Farm bill's author blasts Davis

    08/25/2002 11:04:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 239+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/24/02 | Dion Nissenbaum
    <p>SENATE LEADER WARNS VETOING RULES WOULD BE A `MORAL MISTAKE'</p> <p>SACRAMENTO - California's most powerful lawmaker angrily lashed out Friday at Gov. Gray Davis and warned his fellow Democrat that rejection of a contentious farm labor bill would be the biggest moral and political mistake of his career.</p>
  • UFW spotlights workers' poverty

    08/25/2002 10:37:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 199+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/25/02 | Lesli Maxwell
    <p>The union gathers at the Capitol today to press for revisions in the state labor law.</p> <p>The United Farm Workers will descend on the Capitol today in a campaign that supporters say proves the union is holding its ground and that critics argue is a sign of its waning significance as a force in labor relations.</p>
  • Making strides on Capitol

    08/16/2002 7:33:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 175+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/16/02 | Andy Furillo
    <p>Pascual Manalio of Phoenix attends a Mass at Courthouse Park in Merced on Thursday that kicked off the farm workers' 150-mile march to Sacramento.</p> <p>MERCED -- A small band of farm workers and their supporters set out on a 10-day march Thursday from the middle of the San Joaquin Valley to pressure Gov. Gray Davis into a signing a bill they believe is crucial to keeping the labor movement alive in the agricultural belly of California.</p>
  • UFW march will press Davis to sign labor bill

    08/14/2002 7:59:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 179+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/14/02 | Margaret Talev
    <p>Concerned that Gov. Gray Davis will veto a measure to significantly expand farm workers' labor rights, the United Farm Workers will stage a high-profile, 10-day march to the state Capitol in support of the bill.</p> <p>The 150-mile march will begin Thursday morning in Merced and is expected to draw thousands of workers and some political and celebrity supporters as it winds north through hot, dusty agricultural towns along Highway 99 before ending in Sacramento.</p>
  • This time, Davis is the governor on the spot in farm labor strife

    08/09/2002 3:14:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/9/02 | Dan Walters
    <p>Gov. Gray Davis was an eyewitness to one of the most dramatic and historic episodes ever seen in the California Capitol.</p> <p>There had been decades of sometimes violent strife in California's agricultural fields as the United Farm Workers union, under charismatic leader Cesar Chavez, tried to organize low-paid workers. For those involved, the UFW's struggle -- with its picket lines, sit-ins, boycotts and court battles -- reached the mythic status of the Southern civil rights movement.</p>