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2002-08-26

Thousands of Farm Workers March On California Capitol

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On Sunday, thousands of California farm workers marched the final leg of an 11-day, 165-mile trek to Sacramento the state capitol.

The march retraced the steps of Cesar Chavez’s historic 1966 trek that has been compared to the great marches of the civil rights movement.

The farm workers are calling on Gov. Gray Davis to sign legislation that would give farm workers the right to binding arbitration in labor disputes.

Although California produces $30 billion in agricultural goods annually, only one in ten farm workers have insurance in part because many are still not covered by labor agreements.

In 1975, 428 companies voted to join the newly formed United Farm Workers, but 25 years later only 185 firms have reached deals with its workers.

Guest:

  • Ed Begley, Jr., actor who participated in the march.

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