Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University, KHE_5510_B2F4_165
Flyer announcing a special membership meeting for Local 1199, in English and Spanish, ca. 1960s.
What is the purpose of this document?
What specific geographic area is specified in the document?
According to the document, what three goals can the community win?
Why do you think this document is printed in both English and Spanish?
Using the information in this document, why should a worker join the union?
Local 1199 is not the only U.S. labor union that has fought for the rights of its mostly Latino members. Using the links listed below in the Resources section, research the life of Cesar Chavez and the struggles of the United Farm Workers of America.
English Language Arts: Write a short play highlighting the struggles of Local 1199.
Technology: Create a Power Point presentation that chronicles the labor history of the U.S.
, PBS, “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle.” This website includes an extensive bibliography and numerous recommended resources on Chavez and the United Farm Workers.
, United Farm Workers, “UFW: The Official Website.” Investigate the links “Take Action” and “History” to see what issues this labor union has been involved with.
Susan Ferris, Ricard Sandoval, and Diana Hembree. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Movement. San Diego: Harcourt/Brace, 1998.
Ronald L. Filippelli. Labor in the U.S.A.: A History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Leon Fink and Brian Greenburg. Upheaval in the Quiet Zone (The Working Class in American History). Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989. ISBN 0-252-06047-4. Information on the early history of 1199.
Max Foner and Dan North. Not For Bread Alone: A Memoir. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle. Film, Paradigm Productions, 1997.
Robert H. Zieger and Gilbert J. Gall. American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.