Farm Worker Organizations

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
Farm Worker Center
302-A 4th Avenue, NE
Austin, MN 55912
Ph: 507-446-9599
Email: Centro Camesino Contact Page
Website: centrocampesino.net

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)
Independent Center of Agriculture Workers
P.O. Box 109
Albion, NY 14411
Ph: 585-589-7460
Email: CITA@verizon.net

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.

 

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143
email: workers (at) ciw-online.org
website: www.ciw-online.org

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
website: boycottsakumaberries.com

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.

 

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
Ohio International Office
1221 Broadway St
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Ph: 419 243 3456
Fax: 419 243 5655
Email: info@floc.com
Website: www.floc.com

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
Ph: 407-886-5151
Fax: 407-884-6644
Website: floridafarmworkers.org

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
Ph: 503-982-0243
Fax: 503-982-1031
Email: farmworkerunion@pcun.org
Website: pcun.org

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.

 

United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
P.O. Box 62
Keene, CA 93531
Ph: 805-822-5571
Email: UFW Contact Page
Website: ufw.org

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.

Contact us

National Farm Worker Ministry
P.O. Box 10645
112 Cox Ave., Suite 208
Raleigh, NC 27605
Email us here
919-807-8707 (office)