Forty-five years ago on this date, UFW Organizing Committee leader César Chávez called for a consumer boycott of lettuce.
"When I see people working in the field, I see a lack of equality. If it wasn't for them the crops wouldn't get grown or harvested."
A work stoppage began March 17 in the San Quintín Valley, in Baja California, as workers called for a minimum daily wage of 300 pesos, about $20.
More than a dozen actions were planned at Publix stores mostly in Florida, along with actions around the country.
It's well past time we celebrated the life of probably the most important of the other leaders who played a major role in winning union rights for farm workers.
Carolina farmers perpetrate lousy working conditions in the state's fields, and the state Labor Department looks the other way.
California's Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have allowed farm workers to use the card check method to unionize. Brown refused to meet with the farm workers and the 25 legislators that camped outside of his office.
The Delano, Calif., grape strike brought together Filipino American agricultural workers and Mexican American farm workers to form what became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW).
Union organizer Cesar Chavez' birthday, March 31, is celebrated in North Texas as it is across America.