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MEDFORD MAIL TRIBUNE. MEDFORD, ORE. Union Uses California To Launch Bid For Higher Wages for Farm Laborers Stockton, Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized Calif.-UIPD-Organ-ized labor is making California California the springboard for a nationwide nationwide campaign to boost State Department Seeks Workers Washington, D. C. - The state department is looking for young men and women to employ as clerical workers both in the United States and abroad. Persons interested in em ployment in Washington, D.C. as stenographers, typists, and clerks must be at least 18 years of age, and must qualify by passing a civil service examination, a physical physical examination and a background background investigation. Young people interested in 'Foreign Service" employ ment as secretaries, stenogra phers, communications, mail and pouch clerks must be at least 21; American citizens for at least five years; single wages of farm workers. Farmers in the nation's richest richest agricultural state have served notice they will fight any wage increases. They charged that wage higes will send food prices soaring. An opening signal of the campaign came a fortnight ago when the AFL-CIO AFL-CIO AFL-CIO gave official sanction to the Agricultural Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee - a group with which California ranchers are already familiar. Norman Smith, the man chosen to direct the organizing organizing drive, told farmers last year how he was going to force farm wages up. He said he would first try to negotiate a price, before the harvest of a given crop. His aim is to get an average minimum of $1.25 an hour in all fruit and vegetable picking. For those who refuse to pay his rates, Smith said he would wait until the fruit is ripe then picket the ranch. The California Department of Employment has ruled that when a farm is thus involved involved in a labor dispute, it cannot recruit domestic workers workers or assent to the use of Mexican nationals until the dispute Is settled. The farmer has little choice but to give in to the union or let the fruit crop rot. Two cherry farmers chose the latter latter course two weeks ago and lost an estimated $100,000. The union's reason for choosing California to start the natoin-wide natoin-wide natoin-wide campaign is obvious: If it can do it here, it can probably do it anywhere. anywhere. "California has the greatest greatest concentration of both farm workers and corporate farms, as well as year-round year-round year-round harvesting," harvesting," Smith said. Central Valley Target He has centered his operations operations in the state's great Central Central Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world with over 200 crops, many grown nowhere else in the country. During the peak harvest month of September last year, the Department of Employment Employment reported 544,000 farm workers in the fields. Of that total, 84,000 were Mexican "Braceros." The Braceros are Smith's second target. He wants to get rid of the "foreign army" which he says depresses the wages for the domestic laborers. laborers. Most of the harvest "strikes" this year have lasted only a few minutes, mainly because because the smaller growers can't afford to lose what they've already put into their crops. It's the big corporate farms that are the union's special targets. Farmers and farm groups have banded together to build up a defense against the union union committee. So far their main efforts have been to build up comparatively small pools of non-union non-union non-union workers as insurance against losing their crops. Farmers also have asked Director farm the workers argue of a include has case decide Farm risen California in instance, pickers getting in the This

Clipped from Medford Mail Tribune21 Jun 1960, TuePage 3

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)21 Jun 1960, TuePage 3
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