By Community Alliance Staff
Utilizing a recent change in state law, the United Farm Workers (UFW) is working to negotiate contracts with two local farmers, Gerawan Farming out of Fresno County and DP Enterprises in Madera. This change in the state law moves contract negotiations to mandatory mediation if the two parties cannot come to an agreement after 90 days.
As part of this effort, the UFW has a number of people on the ground educating the current farmworkers about the union and the potential for a new contract. The actual elections to represent the workers at these companies were held and won some years ago. However, no contracts were negotiated at that time.
The UFW plans a number of activities around its renewed organizing drive in the Central Valley.
- On March 7 at 6 p.m., the UFW will meet at SEIU Local 1000 Hall (6725 N. Willow Ave., Suite 101, Fresno) to plan an immigration march in Fresno for thousands of farmworkers.
- On March 24, the UFW will hold an immigration march and rally.
- On April 25 at 6 p.m., the UFW will hold a reception to raise funds for its local organizing efforts. The event will take place at Arte Américas (1630 Van Ness Ave., Fresno). For information on sponsorships or to RSVP, see below.
- On an ongoing basis, the UFW is seeking the assistance of individuals who want to help improve the conditions of farmworkers in Fresno County and the Central Valley.
For more information on any of these activities, contact Irv Hershenbaum, first vice president of the UFW, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-381-5611 x140.
The UFW’s vision is “to provide farm workers and other working people with the inspiration and tools to share in society’s bounty.” Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the UFW is the nation’s largest farmworkers’ union. The UFW continues to organize in major agricultural industries across the nation.