May 5, 2015-February 4, 2016
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On September 8, 1965 the landmark Delano Grape Strike was launched. Filipino workers in the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) and Mexican workers led by Cesar Chavez in the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) came together to fight for better wages and working conditions in the fields, eventually forming the powerful United Farm Workers (UFW). Over the next five years workers were blacklisted, brutally beaten and jailed, yet a national boycott was launched, and a remarkable pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento was undertaken.
In 1970, the UFW emerged victorious, winning three-year contracts with the Delano growers that created a hiring hall, increased wages, established employer contributions to the UFW pension and healthcare funds, and formed a committee to regulate pesticide use.
A Collaboration with the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University:
The Labor Archives and Research Center preserves the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center is open to the public and holds more than 6,000 feet of primary source material, predominantly from the 20th century. The Labor Archives collects union records, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, oral histories, and artifacts documenting local working people and labor organizations. Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.
Labor Archives and Research Center | J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132. (415) 405-5571 | email@example.com | http://www.library.sfsu.edu/larc | Hours: Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.