State Fair exhibit pushes fake narrative about farmworkers

The California State Fair is promoting a fake narrative about the state’s hard-working farmworkers. For the first time in 164 years, the hugely popular State Fair has an exhibit honoring farmworkers. But one look at the exhibit shows it’s just a PR job for the UFW. No one can deny the achievements that the UFW made for farmworkers under its founder, César Chávez. Those achievements deserve commemoration. But the UFW has achieved nothing significant since Chávez died 24 years ago.…

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New farmworkers reject UFW and start their own union

New farmworkers in the Western United States increasingly prefer to start their own union – or have no union at all – instead of joining the UFW. Presently, the UFW’s entire membership represents less than 1 percent of farmworkers in California alone. Almost nobody wants to join the UFW any more. “UFW has become lazy. UFW’s leaders are just milking the nostalgia for César Chávez from almost a half-century ago,” said Silvia Lopez of Pick Justice. “UFW doesn’t benefit the…

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Meet FUJ, the nation’s newest farmworkers’ union

They got no support from the United Farm Workers (UFW), because the UFW is in cahoots with a big retailer. So the workers at Sakuma Brothers, a supplier of Driscoll’s berries, voted to set up their own union. After three years of organizing, the Sakuma workers in Washington State voted to formally organize FUJ: Familias Unidas por La Justicia (Families United for Justice). Ramon Torres heads the grassroots union. He used to work in the Sakuma berry fields, but “was fired…

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