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United Farm Workers

 

 

Continue Cesar’s Vision

 

Become a Supporting Member and help fight for farm workers

On March 31, we celebrate Cesar Chavez’ birthday—an official holiday in eight states and dozens of cities and communities throughout the nation. Cesar’s courage forever changed the lives and working conditions of farm workers.

Today, Cesar’s struggle for farm workers continues. This year, thousands of workers from all over California are preparing to march for Cesar and at the same time give growers a message that they are ready to fight for their rights. The UFW is putting resources into a full month of marches and events throughout California and nationwide--including marches in Delano, Oxnard, Salinas and Santa Rosa.

We're trying to make sure as many farm workers as possible can join in. We need your support to pay for permits, flags, and organizers -- who can then follow up with the thousands of workers attending these events.

Will you help uphold Cesar's extraordinary legacy? You can do this through making a gift to the UFW to continue Cesar’s historic fight for justice in the fields and across America.

"I have been participating in the marches that celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez for five years. Cesar Chavez was the type of person who sacrificed a lot for us farm workers. The date is very important so we remember him. It can also give us strength so we are able to continue with our struggle."
-- Broccoli picker, Samuel Bacillio

"I will participate once more...Cesar was a person who risked his life for us, the farm workers, and he is the reason that today we have water in the fields, we have bathrooms, and better treatment. The United Farm Workers is watching out for us."
--Vineyard worker, Doselia Ibañez

"A march is more effective because the community is involve with the farm workers, the media knows about it, the government pay attention to it and that is how we can reach justice, equality and benefits for the farm workers...I personally invite you to participate and contribute to make possible all the marches that are going to be happening these coming months to honor our great leader Cesar E. Chavez and the farm workers."--Mushroom worker, Rogelio Lona

Stand with La Causa and help continue the union’s mission by becoming a Supporting Member of the UFW. Through your support, we can celebrate "the dream of a better future" on Cesar Chavez Day...and every day of the year. Any amount you give will help to improve the lives of farm workers and their families!
   
UFW Miembro lapel pinTo show our appreciation we will send a special limited edition UFW-member lapel pin to the first 200 people who contribute $40 or more. Quantities are limited. Please send your gift today.

Thank You and Viva Cesar Chavez!

   

Please make your donation today!


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A Special Message from Catholics United Executive Director Chris Korzen

Dear joseph,

Several years ago I worked as a union organizer, helping health care employees in the Pacific Northwest obtain dignity and respect on the job. On one campaign nearly 70% of the workers signed a public petition asking hospital management to recognize their union. But instead of negotiating, the employer took revenge, by threatening, intimidating – and in some cases ever firing – union supporters.

Each year tens of thousands of U.S. workers face this kind of harassment and intimidation in the workplace. Although retaliation for union activity is illegal, our current labor laws provide little recourse for those whose rights have been violated.

Do you want to help end these abuses of workers' rights?
Click here to join our Catholics for Working Families campaign

To remedy this situation, lawmakers will soon introduce a bill called the Employee Free Choice Act. The Act (called EFCA for short) will provide stiffer penalties for employers who violate workers' legal rights. It will also do away with the antiquated and undemocratic process by which Americans must presently form unions, and replace it with one that guarantees organizing workers a free and fair choice.

To rally Catholic support for this important legislation, Catholics United, Pax Christi USA, and Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice have launched a new campaign called Catholics for Working Families. On the campaign Web site – located at www.catholicsforworkingfamiles.org – you'll find facts about EFCA and the Catholic social tradition, a petition calling on Congress to support the legislation, and opportunities for grassroots EFCA supporters to engage elected officials and the general public.

With your financial help, we also plan to launch a radio and print advertising campaign in key states to rally Catholic support behind EFCA.

Help America's workers get a fair shake
Join the Catholics for Working Families campaign today

Support for workers' rights is an essential and unambiguous part of the Catholic Church's social doctrine. In fact, the Catholic social tradition began with Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum, which affirmed each worker's right to collective bargaining, free from “force and injustice.” Addressing employer-sponsored anti-union campaigns in 1986, the U.S. Catholic Bishops wrote, “we firmly oppose organized efforts, such as those regrettably now seen in this country, to break existing unions and prevent workers from organizing.”

No one should have to suffer the kind indignities that I witnessed – especially as retribution for exercising a right they possess as Americans, and as human beings. Help pass the Employee Free Choice Act by joining our campaign today.

Sincerely,

Chris Korzen
Executive Director

 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis

 

 

 
                                            ~Pope FRANCIS