Delano Grape Strike and Boycott 1965

In 1965, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, young Mexican American union organizers, brought Mexican and Filipino workers together to form the United Farm Workers (UFW). The UFW joined a strike of Grape pickers in Delano, California. The strike grew larger until it became immortalized as “La Huelga” (the struggle). In 1968, the UFW began a nationwide boycott of table grapes and millions of Americans refused to buy them. In 1970, the first growers agreed to sign union contracts, but the strife continued another three years.