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May 09, 1978 - Image 14

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Page 14-Tuesday, May 9, 1978--The Michigan Daily
UFW, 7 grape growers reach agreement

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The United
Farm Workers (UFW) announced
yesterday that it has reached contract
agreements with seven table grape
growers at Delano, Calif., where Cesar
Chavez began his long battle to
represent field hands 13 years ago.
The contracts are with growers
where a majority of workers voted for
UFW representation during the first
weeks of California's historic
agricultural secret-ballot union elec-
tions in 1975. They include an

agreement with M Caratan, where the
UFW won its first major victory in
those elections which were aimed at
ending years of union-farmer strife.
"THIS MARKS the first big success
in the UFW's drive to recover grape
contracts lost in 1973 when most Delano
grape growers signed with the Team-
sters after their UFW agreements ex-
pired," said union spokesman Marc
Grossman.
"The same Delano vineyards were

originally struck by the UFW at the
beginning of the 1965 Delano grape
strike."
That 1965 strike and a later boycott of
table grapes launched Chavez into
national prominence.
THE UFW AND Delano grape
growers signed a contract in 197 , but
the growers refused to renew it three
years later, charging that Chavez had
mismanaged the UFW hiring hall that
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Delano's 29 table grape growers
signed with the Teamsters in 1973,
spurring renewed picketing that led to
3,500 arrests of UFW supporters and the
shooting death of one picket.
Chavez then suspended the strike but
renewed the boycott, which he ended
earlier this year on grounds that the
state's Agricultural Labor Relations
Act was working.
THAT ACT WAS adopted in 1975 by
the legislature under pressure from
Gov. Edmund Brown to guarantee
secret ballot farm union elections.
In the first four months of voting in
1975, the state conducted 400 elections.
The UFW won most of the individual
ranch elections and almost a majority
of the overall vote, but the Teamsters
led in total victories at Delano grape
vineyards.
However, the Teamsters withdrew
from farm labor organizing earlier last
year.
The seven Delano contracts will be
signed in about a week, Grossman said.
The agreements call for a base wage of
$3.50 an hour, effective last Friday,
compared to the previous base of $3.15
an hour at those ranches, he said.
The Delano pacts will cover about
2,000 workers during fall harvest.
Besides M. Caratan, the unin reached
agreements with Tex-Cal Land
Management Inc. Nick Canata, Nick
Bozanich, Jack Radovich, Jake Cesare
and Sam Barbic.
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