Food for the People Exhibit: United Farm Workers

Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
August 4, 2021
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Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

In 1965, Filipino, Chicano, Black, and white farmworkers in California joined together to form the United Farm Workers (UFW). The new union organized to demand better working conditions and a minimum wage. During this “Salad Bowl Strike” of 1970, over 5,000 California lettuce pickers walked off the job, leaving millions of dollars of lettuce to rot in the fields. It was the largest farmworker strike in U.S. history. Today, more than ninety percent of lettuce and ninety-nine percent of grapes sold in the U.S. are grown in California. (Gallery)

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