Cesar Chavez: The Farm Workers' Best Friend by Sneed B Collard III

By Sneed B Collard III

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They are usually paid by an employer such as a grower. They also demand money from workers. laborers People who do hard, physical work. racist Having a belief that one group of people is better than another because of the color of their skin or their national heritage. 35 scab A person who takes the job of a worker who is on strike. strike The stopping of work because of unfair conditions or low wages. taxes Money that people must pay the government. Governments often charge people taxes on goods they buy, money they earn, or property they own.

Strike The stopping of work because of unfair conditions or low wages. taxes Money that people must pay the government. Governments often charge people taxes on goods they buy, money they earn, or property they own. union A group of workers joined together to protect their interests. WO R D S TO K N OW 36 TO L EARN M ORE ABOUT C ESAR C HAVEZ WEB SITES The Cesar E. org/ BOOKS Cesar Chavez by Ginger Wadsworth. Lerner Publishing Group, 2005. Cesar Chavez: A Hero for Everyone by Gary Soto. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2003.

Finally, after five long years, they were forced to sign contracts with the union. For the first time ever, grape workers had won basic rights that most other American workers already enjoyed. Unfortunately, the struggles of farm workers were just beginning. CESAR CHAVEZ 29 After winning contracts with the grape growers, the union faced fights with growers of lettuce and other crops. By this time, the NFWA had joined with another union to form the United Farm Workers of America, or UFW. Growers, other businesses, and even government agencies did everything they could to destroy this union.

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