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There's Blood On Those Grapes
Maker: United Farm Workers (UFW); AFL-CIO
Date Made: circa 1975
Place Made: North America: United States
Measurements: 57.2 cm x 44.5 cm; 22 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: United Farm Workers; Labor
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"There's Blood On Those Grapes" This isn't a fight between two unions. It isn't even a fight between labor and management. We're fighting for our lives. Because we need our union to survive. And we think the Gallos and other grape growers are guilty of union-busting. When they awarded a contract to the Teamsters in 1973 over the strenuous objections of the farm workers themselves, we call that union-busting. When they called in the police to break up peaceful picket lines and Teamsters beat up our people, we call that union-busting. And we can't let them do that."There's blood on those grapes!" Cesar Chavez told our people after two workers were killed during that 1973 strike. But he wasn't just talking about the deaths of those two workers. He was talking about the countless others who've died in fields all over this country. Children run over by tractors. Mothers dying in childbirth. Whole families poisoned by pesticides. Is this America? It's a fact that farm work today is the nation's third most hazardous industry. (Only mining and construction kill more people.) In fact conditions are so bad, the life span of the average farm worker is only 49 years of age. Is this America? It's a fact that excessive work speed-ups physically break the bodies of farm workers. And that the greatest need of migrant families is for hospital care. But who can afford hospital care on an average income of $1885 a year? And what has the federal government done? It spends about $12 a year per migrant on health services compared with $200 a year for other citizens. Is this America? Yes, this is America. An America we were starting to change when the United Farm Workers Union came in back in 1967. That's the year we fought for and won our first labor contract. And for the next 6 years our workers won decent wages and the beginnings of health and safety protection. We established 4 clinics in California staffed with doctors and nurses. And sent health teams into labor camps to test for...
Acquisition Number: 1994-066
Probably public domain.