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Given its history in California, one might have expected the UFWA to propose direct action to terminate the SAWP as part of a union organizing drive in the agricultural sector.
At the same time, the UFWA position gives ground to traditional arguments by capital and the state, extending back to the earliest years of union organizing, that fixed economic barriers exist to improvements in hours of labour, working conditions, wages and collective bargaining, not only in agribusiness but in other sectors as well.
The attitude of the UFWA toward the SAWP attested to two things: a changed policy toward guest worker programs (in both the us and Canada) since the union's heyday in the 1970s, and a desire to accommodate the social unionist vision of its partners in the Global Justice Care Van Project, the history of which was noted in the report:
The Care Van project allowed the UFWA to continue the discussions and undertake preliminary research and investigation of migrant farm worker issues.
In January 1928 the UFA and UFWA delegates repeated their 1919 and 1923 resolutions by passing another motion requesting the government conduct an inquiry into state medicine.
Bailey had been President of UFWA Local 10, a general vice-president of UFWA, and a member of the International Executive Board of UFWA's successor union, the United Public Workers of America (UPWA).
By 1943 "over half of the UFWA members had gained paid vacations and paid holidays were becoming common." In May 1944 the UFWA established an industry-wide health-accident-life-insurance plan, popular with small shop employers.
Changes in national labor legislation and the flight of factories from heavily unionized urban areas to union-hostile rural areas also contributed to a slow decline in UFWA membership.
The UFWA fought valiantly to replace the lost membership.
The character of union organizations is fluid and contingent on many factors, some of which the history of the UFWA illuminates.
When the UFWA became a national affiliate of the CIO in 1939, its membership consisted primarily of Russian Jewish upholsterers and cabinetmakers in East Coast metropolitan centers.
In the late 1960s, however, as production methods tansformed and employers relocated factories to rural areas in the South and Midwest, the UFWA entered another period of turmoil.
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