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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Govea Thorbourne, a charismatic organizer for the United Farm Workers union, who raised early alarms about fieldworkers' exposure to dangerous pesticides and led table grape boycotts in Canada that helped win acceptance for the union at home, died Jan. 23 of breast cancer at a rehabilitation center in West Orange, N.J. She was 58. Govea Thorbourne worked closely with UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez for 16 years, beginning when she was 19.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2004 | Marc Lifsher and Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writers
In a victory for the United Farm Workers, the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board on Friday threw out election results that would have decertified the union as the bargaining agent for workers at a unit of E.&J. Gallo Winery, the state's largest vintner. The decision upheld a finding by an administrative law judge that supervisors at the company's upscale Gallo of Sonoma unit had illegally assisted workers who were circulating petitions requesting an election to decertify the UFW.
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