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The United Farm Workers Union UFW has made the same mistakes that other unions have made in the past 25 years The number one reason for the UFW not having as much of significance with agro-business today was that they lost the ties to their roots Just as the Teamsters and AFL-CIO getting local communities together and fighting for basic human rights formed the UFW The leaders of the unions were fellow farmers or mine workers or steelworkers The leaders understood the problems that the rank-and-file union members had They fought hard for their cause because their cause directly effected them In the case of the United Farm Workers they had a leader in the name of Caesar Chavez Chavez became known as a world historical figure and has been mentioned in the same breath as King and Ghandi His nonviolent protests and fasts earned worldwide support for the United Farm Workers cause In 1968 Chavez led a nation wide boycott against California grape growers The Coachella grapes grown in southern California are the first grapes to ripen in the state The UFW was looking to get the workers paid 125 per hour After ten days the growers folded and agreed to pay the workers the 125 an hour Shortly after the strike Chavez called to the public to buy only union labeled grapes This forced many grape companies in California to sign the union contract and allow their employees to join the union In May 1993 Arturo Rodriguiez became the second president of the UFW following Chavezs death Rodriquez was college educated with a degree in sociology from St Marys University He first met Chavez in 1973 and began working with him on organizing boycotts and protests When Rodrigueiz took over as President the UFW was still one of the fastest growing unions in the country Rodriguez however had never worked in the fields The UFW had followed the lead of the other unions
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