November 1, 2000
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday at a Bakersfield hospital, two days after surgery to stop internal bleeding. Huerta, 70, who stepped down as the union's secretary-treasurer in September, originally was admitted to Heart Hospital last Wednesday for a bleeding ulcer, then was readmitted Sunday when her condition worsened.
May 28, 1987
The United Farm Workers of America lost another court battle in Imperial County on Wednesday in a case that poses a severe threat to the union's financial health. Imperial County Superior Court Judge William E. Lehnhardt rejected the plea of the UFW that he reduce a $3.3-million bond the union must post by June 5 while it appeals a judgment of more than $1.6-million it has been directed to pay a vegetable grower for losses from a violence-torn 1979 strike.
March 14, 2003 |
Farmhands at Gallo of Sonoma cast votes Thursday on whether to oust the United Farm Workers of America from the vintner's fields, less than three years after the union won a hard-fought and much-publicized contract there. The fieldworkers gathered at ranches across Sonoma County in Northern California shortly after daybreak to weigh in on the petition to break ties with the UFW, filed with the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board last week by workers.
July 11, 1989 |
California grape growers have battled Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers of America for more than 25 years, but total victory for them against the remarkably enduring 62-year-old Chavez isn't on the horizon. The UFW has been badly weakened by the war but it's still fighting. A complete growers' victory would be a tragedy. Though inadequate and flawed, no other nationally known organization besides the UFW exists to plead the cause of farm workers, most of whom still live in deep poverty.
March 30, 1993 |
Most of the workers who plant and harvest America's bountiful crops are still exploited and mired in poverty nearly 30 years after Cesar Chavez began his once promising crusade to help them. You shouldn't get rich leading a charity organization or a crusade to help the poor. Some people do, but not Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers of America. He makes $5,000 a year, which is about the income of the average farm worker.
March 11, 2003 |
In what could be a symbolic blow to the United Farm Workers of America, field hands at Gallo of Sonoma have petitioned to sever ties with the UFW, less than three years after the union secured a historic and hard-won labor contract there. Employees of the winery, a unit of E. & J. Gallo Winery, are scheduled to vote on the matter Thursday. UFW officials have charged that Gallo representatives illegally pressured workers to sign the petition that will bring union decertification to a vote.