News from the Farm Worker Movement(www.ufw.org):
11 a.m. press avail., 1 p.m. rally Sunday Aug, 5 in Yakima
Up to 5,000 Wash. state apple workers
march for better pay, push UFW bills
to legalize undocumented farm laborers
As many as 5,000 Washington state apple workers will march Sunday
in Yakima promoting a "Fair Trade Apple" campaign to boost growers'
profits and workers' wages, and to support United Farm Workers-sponsored
legislation allowing undocumented field laborers and their families to
become legal residents. The march includes UFW President Arturo
Rodriguez and top labor leaders from Canada, Mexico, Brazil and
On Thursday, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Howard
Berman (D-Calif.) introduced UFW-backed bills in the Senate and House
that would let an estimated 500,000 U.S. farm workers and their
immediate family members legalize their immigration status. The measures
would also, for the first time, give farm workers the same rights under
federal law to organize and join a union that industrial workers won in
1935. And it would preserve the pay and legal protections afforded
imported foreign workers under the current federal H-2A visa program.
The union's Fair Trade Apple drive, launched on Thursday, aims for
a joint effort by growers and the UFW that uses consumer pressure on
retailers to pay growers more for their fruit. Supermarkets' profit on
apples are 33% above costs--one of the highest profit margins in the
stores. Paying fairer prices would help growers survive and improve pay
and benefits for apple workers.
Who: UFW President Arturo Rodriguez; top labor leaders from Canada,
Mexico and Brazil; state and federal elected officials and religious
What: March and rally with 5,000 Washington state apple workers.
When: 10 a.m. Mass, 11 a.m. press availability; 11:30 a.m. march, 1 p.m.
Where: March begins with Mass and ends with rally at Miller Park, 3rd
St. & Ave. "E" in Yakima.
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