Maria Ceriotti


In 1975, California enacted the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. The Act, along with many regulations to aid in its enforcement, came after years of infighting between property owners and agriculture workers for fair pay and better treatment. Deplorable conditions included hourly wages at $0.90/hour, inadequate working standards such as a lack of toilets and segregated housing, and poor treatment from the growers. Cesar Chavez organized what is now the United Farm Workers labor organization, which helps agriculture workers across the country collectively bargain and secure their rights, fair pay, and adequate working conditions.

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