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

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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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