The first successful agricultural strike occurred in 1939, twenty four years before the 1965 Delano Grape Strike. The strike was organized by Dr. Macario Bautista and Francisco Varona. These two Men Created the Filipino Agricultural Labor Association. On April 7, 1939 thousands of asparagus workers went on strike earning themselves a wage increase. This may not have been a very large victory; however, it is a victory nonetheless, and the first victory as well. No credit was given to their foresight and initiative while I learned about Cesar Chavez and the labor movement.
It can be argued that though not the first, the Delano Grape Strike was the first major Victory for the Labor movement, and this is why Cesar Chavez deserves to be celebrated. In school I was taught that he organized and lead the famous strike, which lasted 5 years, earning national attention and respect as well as increased workers rights. Growing up in Stockton, CA I was told that Filipinos decided to strike in the vineyards and contacted Cesar Chavez with this idea. Local legend dictates that Cesar Chavez advised against striking... [continues]
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