November 22, 2000 |
"No Grapes!"--a spirited rallying cry of the labor movement and the political left for much of the last four decades--officially receded into history Tuesday as the United Farm Workers of America declared an end to its protracted boycott of California table grapes. The announcement by UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez makes official what had already become a fait accompli; the union and even its loyal followers had mostly lost interest in the sanction against the state's grape growers.
October 30, 1985
The California Farm Labor Board's chief attorney said that his state-paid $500 trip to Washington to oppose the United Farm Workers' grape boycott was justified because he needed to "set the record straight. . . . I'm not going to back down from that. I used some of your money to go back and do this," David Stirling told a luncheon audience in Sacramento. Stirling said he was in Washington on Oct. 2 and 3 with Gov.
July 18, 1985 |
The state Senate today approved Gov. George Deukmejian's appointment of Jyrl Ann James-Massengale as the first chairwoman of California's powerful farm labor board, despite concerns about her background as an attorney for a Los Angeles law firm that has represented growers. The vote was 29 to 1, but several senators, including President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles), abstained during the vote in the 40-member upper house.
November 27, 1992
Curtis J. Sitomer, 60, a reporter, Western bureau chief and former managing editor of the Christian Science Monitor. Sitomer joined the Monitor in 1965 in Los Angeles and was later named the newspaper's Western bureau chief. He was national news editor from 1976 to 1981, special sections editor beginning in 1983 and managing editor from December, 1988, until he retired in September, 1990.
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March 31, 2013 |
California farm labor leader Cesar Chave z was honored on Eastern Sunday with a Google doodle on the home page of the search engine. The honor comes several months after President Obama last year visited the Tehachapi Mountains hamlet of Keene to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. In 2011, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar added the headquarters of the United Farm Workers and Chavez's residence from 1971 to his death in 1993 to the National Register of Historic Places.
September 21, 1990 |
A college professor has urged farmers to organize employee job banks to improve the lot of their workers. Bert Mason, who runs the Center for Agricultural Business at Fresno State University, said the idea would be to share employees wherever possible. That way, workers wouldn't get laid off so often, which is a constant problem in agriculture. Mason said a survey he and Fresno State Prof.