From strawberry pickers in California to mushroom workers in Florida, from North Carolina cucumber workers to tomato harvesters in the Midwest and berry workers in Oregon, farm workers are organizing to win union representation and to improve their living and working conditions. They are building coalitions with churches, community groups and supporters throughout the country.
A union contract can mean decent wages, medical benefits, grievance procedures, and job security for farm workers. Consumers benefit also from contracts that require strict enforcement of sanitation regulations and that ban deadly pesticides, such as DDT. For many workers, a union contract means that they will be treated, for the first time, with the dignity and respect they deserve. It is their best hope for a better life.
National Farm Worker Ministry partners with several farm worker organizations, including the following:
Centro Campesino, Inc.
Phone: (507) 446-9599
Fax: (507) 446-1101PO Box 525
Owatonna, MN 55060
Centro Campesino is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of members of the Latino and migrant communities. They serve communities in southern Minnesota through community organizing, education, and advocacy.
Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (CITA)
Independent Center of Agriculture Workers
P.O. Box 109
Albion, NY 14411
CITA is an independent farm worker membership organization located in upstate New York, the home of more than 40,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers and a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry.
CIW is a worker-based human rights organization built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993. CIW works on issues of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. CIW’s Fair Food Program, launched in 2011 is a partnership of farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and participating retail buyers.
Familias Unidas po la Justicia (FUJ)
Families United for Justice
P.O. Box 1206
Burlington, WA 98233
FUJ is a true grassroots movement of farm workers in Washington’s Skagit Valley who formed their own union to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields at Sakuma Brothers Berries. They are fighting to end systemic wage theft, poverty wages, hostile working conditions and unattainable production standards.
Since it’s founding in 1967, FLOC has worked to organize farmworkers and empower them to demand better wages, working, and living conditions.
Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF)
La Associacion Campesina-Asosiyasyon Travaye Late
815 South Park Avenue
Apopka, FL 32703
The Farmworker Association of Florida is a membership organization of 6,500 farm worker families. The Association addresses wages, benefits, and working conditions, as well as pesticides, field sanitation, disaster response, immigration, and other community-based issues.
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
United Tree Planters and Farm Workers of the Northwest
300 Young Street
Woodburn, OR 97071
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste was founded in 1985 as Oregon’s union of farm workers, nursery, and reforestation workers. In 1992, in response to grower retaliation against striking workers, PCUN launched a successful nationwide boycott against grower-owned NORPAC, Oregon’s largest food processor. In another campaign, PCUN recently won the first farm worker contract in Oregon’s history.
The United Farm Workers of America has over 25,000 workers under contract in California, Washington, Florida and Texas. With the passage in the fall of 2002 of historic legislation that strengthened the California Agricultural Relations Act, the UFW is beginning its biggest farm worker organizing drive in twenty years thoughout California.