Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cesar Chavez, Salinas Valley, 1970

United Farm Workers (UFW) president Cesar Chavez shows his support for Salinas Valley farm workers with a rally in a Salinas Valley lettuce field.  In the early 1970s, the UFW organized strikes and boycotts—including the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history—to protest for, and later win, higher wages for those farm workers who were working for grape and lettuce growers. The union also won passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which gave collective bargaining rights to farm workers  (Photo: Monterey County Herald Archive), 1970

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