Newspaper clippings for Onion Strike (1979)

Violence feared in Onion Strike in Willacy County
Bishop Feels Compromise Possible in Onion Strike
Sit-down strike in onion fields
Onion Strike: TFW in Raymondville and UFW in Mercedes
Children of the [Onion] Fields
Photo of woman under arrest
Hunger strike among 12 Texas Farm Workers Union members
Page from El Cuhamil newspaper

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Newspaper clippings for Onion Strike (1979)


Texas Farmworkers Union launched an onion pickers strike on April 4, 1979 on the farm of Charles Wetegrove, son of Edward Raymond, founder of the city of Raymondville. As with previous farmworker strikes, local law enforcement was brought in by growers as a means to deter picketers and protestors. Organizers, like Juanita Valdez, and others were arrested.

As TFW attempted to negotiate higher wages for onion pickers, their efforts were ended prematurely by Othal Brand of McAllen, who brought in his own farmworkers and bought out all the produce in the fields.

During the same period, United Farm Workers led a strike of Gulf Distributing Company's fields near Mercedes. UFW advocated for farmworker wage increases from $0.60 to $2.00 per bag of onions. Unrest among farmworkers continued to spread throughout the Valley, including "sit-down" strikes in Weslaco and Alton.




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