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September 5, 1994 | Associated Press
The United Farm Workers has signed 10,000 new members this year and won seven union representation elections, organizers said at the union's 12th national convention, the first since the death of founder Cesar Chavez. "(There is) a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of commitment to carry on Cesar's work," union President Arturo Rodriguez said of the 500 delegates who attended the convention Saturday and Sunday. Federal housing chief Henry G.
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March 27, 2014 | Diana Marcum
The audience members stepped off buses waving red UFW flags. Some came straight from the fields. Those from Salinas and Madera and farther away had given up a day's wages to attend. The first feature film about Cesar Chavez had been screened in Los Angeles and at the White House. On Tuesday evening, "Cesar Chavez" played outdoors and in Spanish for the farmworkers Chavez represented. "From the beginning, we said we have to go back and give it to the people," director Diego Luna said.
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NEWS
December 6, 1995
Peter G. Velasco, 85, pioneering leader and fund-raiser of the United Farm Workers. Born in Asingan, the Philippines, Velasco came to Los Angeles in 1931 and worked for a decade in area restaurants. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and became a U.S. citizen. For the next 20 years he worked on small farms in the Coachella Valley and in Delano. On Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
The candidates for Los Angeles mayor proved they could be almost as disagreeable before a Spanish-language audience as they have been in front of English speakers - challenging each other's integrity in a debate Friday night on a Spanish-language television station. Councilman Eric Garcetti renewed his charge that opponent Wendy Greuel is beholden to the union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, while Greuel, the city controller, repeated her rebuttal that her rival is a hypocrite who has supported raises and other benefits for the same workers.
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March 29, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was growing up in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, Christine Chavez-Delgado said, teachers never allowed her to even utter her grandfather's name at school. But on Sunday afternoon, she regaled a crowd of more than 1,000 people with stories about her famous grandfather, Cesar E. Chavez, during a celebration of his birthday and his contributions to the cause of U.S. farm workers. The program, the sixth annual Peregrinacion March for Justice, was held at Brand Park.
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May 11, 1994 | MARY F. POLS
A group of about 35 labor organizers and fieldworkers protested Tuesday outside the Dole Food Co. headquarters in Westlake Village over the dismissal of two Oxnard celery pickers who said they were fired because they were campaigning to start a chapter of the United Farm Workers Union.
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September 17, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A son of the late labor leader Cesar E. Chavez called the dedication of a new building at Santa Ana College on Mexican Independence Day on Tuesday a fitting tribute to his father. "The best way to honor his legacy is not only by naming parks, streets and buildings after him but by being active in your community," said Chavez's 40-year-old son, Paul F. Chavez, of La Paz, Calif. "My father knew his work would not be finished in his lifetime. He knew that it would take a long-term commitment."
BUSINESS
March 18, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capping off a string of successful organizing efforts after years of setbacks, the once-powerful United Farm Workers of America on Friday signed its biggest labor contract in recent years--with Bear Creek Production Co., the nation's largest rose grower. The union has won seven other, smaller contracts in the past year. But adding the 1,400 workers at Bear Creek, formerly known as Jackson & Perkins, is on the scale of the good old days of its organizing efforts.
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August 31, 2003 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante on Saturday visited the birthplace of the United Farm Workers movement, where more than 200 members of the union gathered on a dusty field vowed to back his campaign for governor and keep the Republicans from taking power. Chanting "Recall no, Bustamante si," farm workers clad in the union's signature red T-shirts welcomed the lieutenant governor to the Central Valley spot where Sen. Robert F.
NEWS
July 18, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the United Farm Workers union marched from Delano to Sacramento in April to announce a return to organizing campesinos in the fields, many growers throughout the state derided the event as a publicity stunt with more bark than bite. But in the months since the pilgrimage, the UFW appears to be making good on its promise. It has won three elections outright and possibly a fourth at fruit and vegetable companies from Coachella to Kings County involving more than 1,000 workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
A controversy over Easter Sunday's Google doodle for California f arm labor leader Cesar Chave z shows no signs of letting up. Sunday was Chavez's birthday, and Google honored him with a doodle on its home page. Some people have blasted the search engine, saying Easter was the wrong day for such an honor. But Chavez supporters have praised the move. PHOTOS: Google Doodles of 2013 Google, meanwhile, explain what happened .“We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site,” a Google representative  told the Washington Post . “Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past.” The debate over the doodle has raged on Facebook and Twitter Sunday and into Monday.
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March 31, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
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.
OPINION
May 23, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Dolores Huerta runs on righteous ferocity the way cars run on gasoline. The woman who co-founded the United Farm Workers union 50 years ago with Cesar Chavez has harried, prodded, hectored, rallied and protested. She's been arrested more than a score of times, and once, picketing in San Francisco, she was beaten so badly by a police officer that her spleen was ruptured. You'd be hard-pressed to tell, the way she bounces around the Central Valley, a woman on many missions. So, can she stand still next week in Washington long enough for President Obama to present her with the Medal of Freedom, along with honorees such as Toni Morrison, John Glenn and Bob Dylan?
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September 3, 2011 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Two months after an acrimonious late-night standoff on a related issue, Gov. Jerry Brown and farmworker advocates have struck a deal to give state regulators new powers that could help agriculture workers unionize. The measure, introduced in the Legislature on Friday, would allow the state's Agriculture Labor Relations Board to certify a union if it finds that a grower has acted illegally to affect the outcome of a labor election. The legislation would also accelerate the mediation process for workers in disputes with their employers.
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July 30, 2011 | Los Angeles Times staff reports
A funeral service for labor organizer Richard Chavez will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the United Farm Workers' 40 Acres complex at 31068 Garces Highway in Delano, Calif. An all-night vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Chavez, younger brother of UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez, died Wednesday at 81.
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July 28, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Richard Chavez, who helped his older brother, legendary labor organizer Cesar Chavez, build the United Farm Workers into a force in state politics and agriculture, died Wednesday. He was 81. Chavez died from complications following surgery in a Bakersfield hospital, the UFW announced. "He was one of those little-known giants within the movement. He was extremely effective," Arturo Rodriguez, the union's president, said Wednesday in an interview with The Times. Born on his family's farm near Yuma, Ariz., in November 1929, Chavez was a migrant worker as a child growing up in the Great Depression.
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May 16, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Forty-one years ago, Cesar Chavez and local table grape growers gathered in a squat white building surrounded by vineyards and weeds on the western edge of this Central Valley community to sign contracts that brought large-scale unionization to agriculture for the first time in history. Back then, it was the hub of a United Farm Workers complex known as 40 Acres, and "Huelga! Huelga!" — the Spanish word for "strike" — was the familiar battle cry of fieldworkers and their supporters around the world.
OPINION
September 26, 1993 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox News. He interviewed Arturo Rodriguez at the Fox Television Studios in Hollywood
Last April 29, while Angelenos were remembering the turmoil of one year before, farm workers from across the West converged on Delano, an agricultural community just north of Bakersfield. Somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000 people came to honor a fallen leader, Cesar Chavez, co- founder and president of the United Farm Workers. For three decades, Chavez organized field hands in a battle with growers over wages, living conditions and use of pesticides. He took his cause into the cities, organizing a series of successful grape boycotts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Forty-one years ago, Cesar Chavez and local table grape growers gathered in a squat white building surrounded by vineyards and weeds on the western edge of this Central Valley community to sign contracts that brought large-scale unionization to agriculture for the first time in history. Back then, it was the hub of a United Farm Workers complex known as 40 Acres, and "Huelga! Huelga!" — the Spanish word for "strike" — was the familiar battle cry of fieldworkers and their supporters around the world.
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October 9, 2010 | McClatchy Newspapers
Photographer George "Elfie" Ballis, who walked with the late United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez and led a rebellion against farmers over water, has died. He was 85. Ballis died Sept. 24 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fresno. His ailments included prostate cancer, friends said. Ballis took more than 30,000 photographs during the 1950s and '60s.One of his most memorable photographs shows Chavez in March 1966 leading farm workers on a pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento.
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