Today in labor history: United Farm Workers sign contract with Calif. grape industry

On this day in 1970, the United Farm Workers signed its first contract with the California grape industry. The contract covered 10,000 workers and provided seniority, hiring, and a medical plan. 

The agreement was a significant victory for union leader Cesar Chavez and proved the success of community based organizing that included a grape boycott. The first grape strike began in 1965. The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee was admitted to the AFL-CIO in 1972 as the United Farm Workers union.   

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