Ninth Labor Notes Conference: Latino Workers In The Labor Movement

April 24, 1997

About 15,000 Mexican workers came to the United States as a result of a Ford Motor Company recruiting drive, including Elena Arrada’s grandfather. Baldemor Velasquez discusses how companies continue a long history of circumventing laws regarding minimum wages and child labor, and successes in organizing farm workers and opposing unfair exploitation of workers. Ms. Arrada discusses the economic dilemmas caused by strikes, and the need for labor to establish community partnerships for creating bridges between strikers and scabs, and preventing social rifts that can harm communities for decades.


Baldemor Velasquez, Leader of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee

Elena Arrada, American Federation of Labor