UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Emeritus Professor Martin Gives Historical Perspective as Farm Labor Expert in LA Times Article about New United Farm Workers President

Aug. 30, 2018

ARE Emeritus Professor Philip Martin is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the changing of leadership at United Farm Workers (UFW), the union founded by Cesar Chavez. The article states that longtime UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, son-in-law to Chavez, will be replaced in December 2018 by Teresa Romero, the first woman and first immigrant to lead the labor organization.

The article introduces Dr. Martin discussing how "the UFW remains torn between whether it can be both a grass-roots union and a broad social movement operating in the halls of power."

"There was a big burst, a big effort at unionizing, but by 2000, then there was a switch toward the Legislature," Martin is quoted as saying.

Professor Martin also notes that neither Rodriguez nor Romera came from the fields.

"It is worth noting that the UFW does not have union locals, and so therefore does not have a system under which current farmworkers are trained in leadership development with the idea that they will rise within the union," Martin is quoted as saying.

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