Farm Worker Organizations
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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 with several farm worker organizations, including the following:
The mission of Centro Campesino is to improve the lives of members of the Latino and migrant community in southern Minnesota through community organizing, education and advocacy. Centro Campesino is membership-based organization that was born and exists to create and demand positive social change. We are guided by our values of faith, hope, unity and justice.
Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (CITA)
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.
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Ohio International Office
1221 Broadway St
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Ph: 419 243 3456
Fax: 419 243 5655
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.
Northwest Treeplanters and Farm Workers United
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
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.