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UFW UNITED FARM WORKERS UNION | Issue #

UNION

This union formed in 1962 during
World War II.
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ted_Farm_Workers_of_America.aspx

community, Huerta is the subject of
many corridos and murals. Arturo
Rodriguez, second president of the
United Farm Workers of America, has
carried on the work of the union
founded by Cesar Chavez. - Ashley
Garcia
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United_Farm_Workers_of_America.as
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TYPE OF UNION AND FOCUS

It is a Non-Violent labor union. They
are focused on Integrity, Innovation,
and Empowerment for the
farmworkers.
http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?
menu=research&inc=history/03.html

UNION IS FORMED
MAIN FIGURES

Cesar Chavez, Arturo Rodriguez,
Dolores Huerta. Cesar Chavez was
one of the few institutions named in
his honor, but after his death he
became a major historical icon for
the Latino community, with many
schools, streets, and parks being
named after him. He has since
become an icon for organized labor
and politics, symbolizing support for
workers and for Hispanic
empowerment. He is also famous for
popularizing the slogan "Sí, se
puede". Dolores Huerta is a labor
leader and civil rights activist who
was an early member of the National
Farmworkers Association, which later
became the united farm workers. As
a role model to many in the Latino

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This union formed because Cesar Chavez
started the United Farm Workers
movement which Cesar Chavez traveled
from town to town telling workers to
organize.
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p2/ccg/historyofufw.html

JOINING THE UNION
Latinos, Farm Workers, and also Japanese
farm workers.

HIGHEST PEAK AND MEMBERS
Founded by a fascinating leader, Cesar
Chavez, UFW reached the peak of its
influence in the 1970s, then declined until his
death in 1993. By 1970 the UFW got grape
growers to accept union contracts and had
effectively organized most of that industry, at
one point in time claiming 50,000 dues
paying members.

http://www.ufw.org/_page.php?
menu=research&inc=history/03.html

PURPOSE OF THE UNION

Farmworkers had been denied a
decent life in the fields and
communities of California's
agricultural valleys. Their purpose
was to protect the rights and law for
farmworkers.
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menu=research&inc=history/07.htm
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HOWARD ZINN
“The most formidable military machine
depends ultimately on the obedience of
its soldiers… the most powerful

UFW UNITED FARM WORKERS UNION | Issue #
corporation becomes helpless when its
workers stop working, when its workers
stop working, when its customers refuse
to buy its products. The strike, the
boycott, the refusal to serve, the ability

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to paralyze the function of a complex
social structure, these remain potent
weapons against the most fearsome
state or corporate power.”
http://howardzinn.org/seattle/

Service
Employees
International
Union
UNION

The SEIU was founded in 1921 in
Chicago as the Building Services
International Employees Union
(BSEIU), but later changed to the
SEIU as Services International
Employees Union.
http://www.seiu.org/

MAIN FIGURES

In 1921, members of seven small
janitor unions dreamed they could
build their strength by forming an
organization, the Building Service
Employees International Union
(BSEIU), A union of mostly immigrant
workers chartered by BSEIU was
primarily organized janitors and
window washers in its early years.
The BSEIU changed its name to
Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) in 1968. Now Mary Kay
Henry, Mike Fishman, Kirk Adams,
Gerry Hudson, Eileen Kirlin, Valarie
Long, and Rocio Sáenz are the main
leaders.
http://www.seiu.org/a/ourunion/seiuhistory.php

TYPE OF UNION AND FOCUS

Labor union that focuses on
organizing workers in three sectors:
health care, including hospital, home
care and nursing home workers;

public services, and property
services.
http://www.seiu.org/

UNION IS FORMED

Members of small janitor unions
dreamed of building their strength
by creating one organization that
was the BSEIU (Building Service
Employees International Union) and
later changed to the SEIU (Service
Employees International Union).
http://www.seiu.org/

JOINING THE UNION
“The SEIU is an organization of 2 million
members united by the belief in the dignity
and worth of workers and the services.
They provide and dedicated to improving
the lives of workers and their families and
creating a more just and humane society.”
- SEIU Mission Statement

PURPOSE OF THE UNION

To represents immigrant workers
chartered by the-AFL, BSEIU was
primarily organized janitors and
window washers in its early years. In
addition to these, it eventually
organized a range of other service
workers, including doormen,
elevator operators, nonacademic
school employees, health care
workers and public employees as
well as service workers based in
bowling alleys, stadiums and
cemeteries, to mention just a few.
Their purpose was to help other
service workers like hospital
caregivers and public employees
unite together in a union.
http://www.seiu.org/

HIGHEST PEAK AND MEMBERS
SEIU is the fastest growing labor union in the
United States and has over 150 local branches.
Since 2013, SEIU is the largest healthcare
union, with more than 1.1 million members in
the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab
technicians, nursing home workers, and home
care workers. It is also the largest property
services union, with 225,000 members in the
building cleaning and security industries,
including janitors, security officers,
superintendents, maintenance workers,
window cleaners, and doormen and women.
It’s also the second largest public services
union, with more than 1 million local and
state government workers, public school
employees, bus drivers, and child care
providers.

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s_International_Union

Howard Zinn
“The most formidable military machine
depends ultimately on the obedience of its
soldiers… the most powerful corporation
becomes helpless when its workers stop
working, when its workers stop working,
when its customers refuse to buy its
products. The strike, the boycott, the
refusal to serve, the ability to paralyze the
function of a complex social structure,
these remain potent weapons against the
most fearsome state or corporate power.”
http://howardzinn.org/seattle/

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