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Creator:Seattle and Tacoma United Farmworker Boycott Committees
Creator:University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.
Title:Boycott Grapes!

Alternative title: The Farmworkers’ Fight Announces: “This year, the UFW contract in grapes expired, and the grape growers, after seeing what their friends in lettuce had done to head off the union, also are signing up with the Teamsters.” Calls for: “The United Farmworkers Union (AFL-CIO) is once again asking all consumers to BOYCOTT GRAPES.” Quote from document: “Before the UFW, farmworkers slaved for 12-13 years without a day’s vacation. The foreman had complete control. The foreman would approach a worker saying: ‘You have one hour to prune 30 plants. If you don’t, hit the road. There’s the white line.’ Those were the days when a farm worker with a family of 13 had to settle for an hourly rate of $1.15...” (From an interview with a farmworker in the UFW union newspaper, 6/72.) Background information: "In 1962 Cesar [Chavez] founded the National Farm Workers Association, later to become the United Farm Workers (UFW). He was joined by Dolores Huerta and the union was born ... By 1970 the UFW got grape growers to accept union contracts and had effectively organized most of that industry, at one point in time claiming 50,000 dues paying members." ( The Story of Cesar Chavez. Retrieved May 11, 2004, from UFW.org. http://www.ufw.org/cecstory.htm ) Note on date: “Spring-summer 1973--When the UFW's three-year table grape contracts come up for renewal, [grape growers] instead sign contracts with the Teamsters without an election or any representation procedure. That sparks a bitter three-month strike by grape workers in California's Coachella and San Joaquin valleys. Thousands of strikers are arrested for violating anti-picketing injunctions, hundreds are beaten, dozens are shot and two are murdered. In response to the violence, Cesar [Chavez] calls off the strike and begins a second grape boycott.” ( Cesar Chavez Chronology. UFW.org. http://www.ufw.org/cecchron.htm )

Local identification number: UW28221z

Types:Pamphlets | Text | StillImage
Subjects:Boycotts--United States | Agricultural laborers--United States | Human rights--United States | United Farm Workers of America | United States, Washignton, King County, Seattle, 47.6062095, -122.3320708
Collection:Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection
Institution:University of Washington's Libraries
Contributors:University of Washington. Libraries. Special Collections Division
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Vietnam War Era Ephemera Collection

Seattle and Tacoma United Farmworker Boycott Committees

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