In the strawberry fields of California 20,000 workers stoop for 10 to12 hours a day under the worst of conditions such as pesticide laden fields, dirty drinking water, no bathroom, sexual harassment and arbitrary firings. The average wage is $8000 per year and few of the workers have health insurance. The United Farm Workers has launched a national campaign to draw attention to the back breaking and abusive conditions in the strawberry industry in an attempt to force the growers to make changes.
Dolores Verto co-founder and secretary treasurer of the United Farm Workers talks about the campaign that they are launching today, and Salso Munoz a strawberry worker from California talks about the abusive conditions of his work in strawberry industry.
Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): strawberry workers, United Farm Workers