California Farm Workers

—- NPR's Mandelit Del Barco reports on the campaign by the United Farm Workers union to organize strawberry pickers in California. The U-F-W is receiving support from other unions and even from some supermarket chains. But Richard Chavez, whose brother Cesar founded the union in 1962, says the current campaign is difficult because farm workers are afraid they will lose their jobs if they join the union, and there is a sense of allegiance to the growers. Several thousand farm workers are opposing the unionizing effort because they don't want to pay two percent of their weekly salary in union dues.



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