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March 20, 2006 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
In a Napa vineyard where farmworkers labored under one of the first contracts negotiated by Cesar Chavez, the 1967 pact lives on. About 20 veteran members of the United Farm Workers are pruning grapes for $10.35 an hour under a contract with Vista Vineyard Management. Alongside them, crews of younger nonunion workers do the same job; right now they earn less, but during harvest the nonunion workers, paid by the ton rather than the hour, often make more than the UFW members.
March 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
One of the nation's largest strawberry growers and the United Farm Workers have reached agreement on a new three-year contract, union officials said. The contract freezes wages for Coastal Berry Co. pickers at the current rate of $7.75 an hour for the first year and provides better medical coverage with lower premiums. Wages will rise 1.5% in both 2007 and 2008.
February 20, 2006 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
Two government agencies, one state and one federal, are reviewing operations of the United Farm Workers and the union's related charities to determine whether the tax-exempt organizations' transactions warrant investigation. Officials with the U.S.
February 3, 2006
I was surprised that in the recent series on the United Farm Workers (Jan. 8-11), The Times did not interview any of the many legislators with whom the UFW has worked over the years. As a result of the UFW's work and the legislative battles it has fought, California's farmworkers have won pesticide protections, farm labor contractor reforms, elimination of backbreaking hand weeding, binding mediation of labor disputes and improved healthcare. Last year, the UFW won for California's workers the right to paid breaks, shade and cool drinking water to recover from the effects of working in the heat.
January 14, 2006
Re "UFW: A Broken Contract," four-part series, Jan. 11 I was disturbed by this series. I am the daughter of farmworkers from the San Joaquin Valley. I started my career working in the fields on my summer vacations and winter breaks. I know about the injustices that farmworkers faced. I also attended marches and the meetings that the United Farm Workers had with my parents. I experienced the unity, representations we needed and the courage and pride that Cesar Chavez brought to farm laborers.
January 13, 2006 | From Associated Press
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 United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners in forming the dissident coalition.
September 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Grape pickers in the Central Valley were told they could lose their jobs or their housing if they voted to unionize, the United Farm Workers alleged in a complaint filed Monday with the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. The union said workers at Giumarra Vineyards in Edison, near Bakersfield, were warned before the Sept.
September 2, 2005 | Miriam Pawel and Mark Arax, Times Staff Writers
Farmworkers at Giumarra Vineyards appear to have turned down the United Farm Workers union on Thursday, delivering a sharp rebuke to a union that had been expecting a comeback victory. The vote was not officially certified because the number of challenged ballots, 170, was larger than the margin of the union's loss. But the union would have to win the overwhelming majority of those challenges to overturn the result.
August 31, 2005 | Mark Arax, Times Staff Writer
The workers were eating pigskin soup under the vines when Lupe Martinez came calling at noon sharp, a bullhorn in one hand and a stack of union cards in the other. "Come. Come, fellow farmworkers," his voice shot out. "We need to have unity. We need to fight." The migrants, knees caked in dirt and grape juice, might have laughed at the union man coming to challenge their boss, the self-proclaimed "Grape King." With his cowboy boots, Martinez stood 5 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.
June 13, 2005 | Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
The United Farm Workers plans to call on consumers Tuesday to boycott Gallo wine until the company negotiates a more generous contract at its Sonoma winery. Echoing an appeal made decades ago by Cesar Chavez, the union hopes to gain leverage in the stalled negotiations and also draw attention to the plight of farmworkers hired through middlemen.
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