¡Sí Se Puede! Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight on César Chávez & the UFW
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United Farm Workers Organizing Committee

The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) was formed in 1966 through the merger of two labor groups: the Filipino-dominated Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), established in 1960 by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and César Chávez's National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), established in 1962. In 1971, UFWOC was renamed the United Farm Workers (UFW). The process of organizing farm labor involved advocating for safe working conditions and better wages. In 1960, AWOC led a strike against the DiGiorgio and Schenley Liquors farms. Chávez's NFWA joined the struggle. Eventually, the necessity of winning the votes of workers forced Chávez to merge his union with the AWOC.

Jeffrey Schultz, et. al.

Further Reading
Meister, Dick and Ann Loftis. A Long Time Coming: The Struggle to Unionize America's Farm Workers. New York: Macmillan, 1977.

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