Please make a difference for the people who sacrifice to put food on your table.
As we enjoy the holiday season and look forward to the New Year, we want to ask you to join our holiday pledge drive.
Please make your gift of any amount or even make a New Year’s resolution that lasts all year long by joining our monthly pledge program.
Many focus on 2016 as the year of the presidential elections. True, but there is a lot more. California’s farm workers look at it as the year they finally won the same overtime benefits as everyone else. It was not an easy fight and we would not have achieved this without you.
We’ve also been focusing on our core purpose of a safe & just food supply. We’ll be fighting so the pesticide rules in the new EPA Worker Protection Standards are not weakened. We’ll also be working on mitigating the effects of Trump’s new appointee to head the EPA so his decisions do not put workers at risk. We’ve been lobbying to make sure the rules regarding pesticide spraying by CA schools are tightened — and we will continue to fight for rural children. We’re counting on you to help us.
In May, during our UFW Convention, blueberry workers walked off the job and struck for three days. They then overwhelmingly voted to be represented by the UFW. You could feel the excitement as these workers marched onto the convention floor after their victory. We are in negotiations with the McFarland CA company where these 600+ workers labor.
UFW worker leaders negotiated contracts for thousands of workers in the dairy, wine grape, vegetable and tomato industries. This includes contracts that create some of the highest paid tomato workers in the US.
Globalization is revolutionizing agriculture. We are working to improve farm worker pay and protections internationally. We’ve created another organization, CIERTO, to ensure just recruitment of farm workers. We have launched a Forced Labor Program to tackle labor trafficking, indentured servitude and slavery in U.S. agriculture. The UFW is also a founding member of the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a collaboration to produce safer food under conditions that improves wages and protections.
But there is still so much more to be done. The presidential election is a reality and farm workers will be vulnerable and are going to need your help now more than ever. Much of the progress we made is being threatened by the new administration. We are concerned about the risks posed by many of President-elect Trump’s appointees. We will be walking the pavements and the capitol, sending out e-mail campaigns and more to continue to protect the men and women who put food on your table.
In this season of giving we ask you to again help farm workers. Please make a gift of any amount or become a monthly donor. Thank you for caring and making a difference in the lives of farm workers.
Arturo & Sonia Rodriguez
PS: As a gesture of appreciation, if you donate $125 or more I will sign and send you a Cesar Chavez RFK memorial poster personalized to you or a friend.