Celery pickers in California's fields. Photo by danlong.
Celery pickers in California's fields. (Photo by danlong.)

2012 CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers
"Supply, Demand, and César Chávez"
Thursday, July 19, 2012

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9:15 am
9:15-9:30 am Institute Overview
Jean Spencer, CLAS
9:30-10:45 am

Contextual Elements to the Development of the UFW


This talk will discuss the binational as well as the international factors that surrounded the rise of the UFW and its contraction from the 1960s to the 1990s.  Particular attention will be given to the implications of the Bracero program and its impacts on Mexican migration.

Alex Saragoza
Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies,
UC Berkeley

10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-12:15 pm César Chávez and the Undocumented

The attitude of César Chávez and the UFW towards the undocumented changed over time and can be divided into three periods: 1962 to 1975; 1975 to 1993; and 1993 to the present. A look at these changes reveals much about Chávez, the union, and the times.

Frank Bardacke
Author of
Trampling Out the Vintage: César Chávez and the Two Souls of the UFW

12:15-1:15 pm Lunch on your own

Optional showing of "Harvest of Shame"
2:30 pm

Unions, Migration, and Farm Labor

California has a long history of farm worker strikes and protests, from the Wobblies before WWI to the Communists (CAIWU) in the 1930s. The UFW is the best-known farm worker union, but today has fewer than 5,000 members in a state where the average employment of farm workers is about 400,000. California enacted an Agricultural Labor Relations Act in 1975 to foster collective bargaining in agriculture. It failed, and there are four major explanations for the failure of the ALRA and unions to transform farm labor, viz, flawed UFW leadership, state politics in appointments to the ALRB, changes in the structure of farm employment (more custom harvesters), and rising unauthorized migration.

Philip Martin,
Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics,
UC Davis

2:45 pm
2:45-4:00 pm

From the Fields to Alice Waters: Agricultural Labor and the American Diet

This talk will examine shifts in food consumption patterns in the United States and their impact on the demand for agricultural labor.

Alex Saragoza
Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies,
UC Berkeley

4:15 pm

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