Saturday, October 15, 2005

United Farmworks Union Mark 40th Anniversary of Delano Grape Strike

The United Farmworkers of America recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike. In a letter to Arturo Rodriguez, President of the Union, Bishop Mc Grath said:

On behalf of the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of San Jose, I would like to convey my congratulations and best wishes to the United Farm Workers of America AFL-CIO on the 40th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike. Called by Cesar Chavez, this strike was the beginning of the union that has been so successful in its efforts to attain justice, equality, and decent working conditions for the farm workers in California.
Because it was here in San Jose that Cesar Chavez learned the principles of Catholic social teaching as they apply to unions, and then developed his organizational skills to a level of expertise, this anniversary celebration is especially meaningful to me...With every best wish and kind regard...Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop of San Jose.


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