In honor of PEF’s 40th anniversary of becoming a professional NYS labor union, we will showcase key moments of our members’ fight for union solidarity and workers’ rights. Enjoy this special installment in print and online.
31 Years Ago – April, 1987
A HEALTH MATTER – United Farm Workers (UFW) President Caesar Chavez (left), relates the hardships and successes of his latest grape boycott with PEF member Douglas Bullock. They met with other area union supporters in Albany, where more than $2,300 was donated for the UFW activist cause. Speaking to more than 100 labor union leaders and supporters, Chavez outlined the UFW’s latest strategy in their ongoing struggle against the use of pesticides by California grape growers. “They don’t care about the worker’s or the consumer’s health,” Chavez said. “This is a chemical time bomb and poses a health risk to all of us.”