Chavez had found his calling. It was He began organizing campaigns against discrimination and directing voter registration drives. He knew he wanted farm workers be at the center of his work, however, and decided to form a new organization. Eventually the union encompassed thousands of farm workers in multiple Valley counties. Under the black, red, and white flag of an Aztec eagle, they fought for just wages, medical protection, and adequate living conditions.
The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California. The UFW has dozens of union contracts protecting thousands of farm workers, among them agreements with the some of the largest berry, winery, tomato, dairy and mushroom companies in California and the nation. Many recent UFW-sponsored laws and regulations protect all farm workers in California, especially those at non-union ranches. They include the first state standards in the U. The UFW continues to actively champion legislative and regulatory reforms for farm workers covering issues such as worker protections, pesticides and immigration reform. The UFW has been inspiring farm workers across the U.
We will win. Within another fifteen years more than 50, farmworkers were protected by union contracts. Public Law 78 stated that no bracero-a temporary worker imported from Mexico-could replace a domestic worker.
They became allied and transformed from workers' rights organizations into a union as a result of a series of strikes in , when the mostly Filipino farmworkers of the AWOC in Delano , California initiated a grape strike , and the NFWA went on strike in support. In the early s, she completed a degree at Delta Community College, part of the University of the Pacific. She briefly worked as an elementary school teacher. Huerta saw that her students, many of them children of farm workers, were living in poverty without enough food to eat or other basic necessities.