Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 30, 1973 · Page 16
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 16

Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, April 30, 1973
Page 16
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> J By JERRY HENRY (Ufl) As with FRESNO. the oratie vines explode in California's the grape spring foliage vaat agricultural valleys cldud of farm labor strife looms larger than it liaa for several wtiich ytars. The controversy over union will represent table grape workers appeared all but settled iii the late summer of IWO when Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers Union with (UFW) signed contracts growers after nearly eight years of organizing, strikes and boycotts. Cries Renewed Now the cries of "Huelga" (strike) ring out once more across the vineyards as Chavez moves toward a showdown with the Teamsters Union over who will represent the workers. The UFW contracts expired with a number of growers in the Coachela region of Southern California this month. Renegotiation of the contracts with a majority of those and the Both sides are confident of ultimate victory. "The action of the Teamsters is consolidating our drive to get them out of the fields," Chavez said. "The workers are on our side." He is calling on the growers to hold-elections among theyr field hands to determine who they want to represent them. If no elections are forth' coming^ "we will pressure them again with the boycott," he said. The Teamsters have insisted that a vast majority of the workers favor their union. Teamster chief William Grami, of growers Valley in the San Joaquin of the reason for the breakdown with the Coa- are refusing to in He is insists his union working for the economie benefit of the workers and that the UFW is not movenient. In fact, he indicated that part egotiatioAs growers wages. "We social could they Were Adamant were convinced pay 9170 offered us an S2.10. hour were adamant," he said. Smith, now working out of maJoMty Jim Joaquin Valley,' when \he i^«stjse«l «8 to to kiep ahmsi Boa(i wMch aets guldeUn^r 12.30 ^^^ed t:ie?r do not increasing to |i.70 during the life of the four-ycaf they but They agreements Some farmers tht iiMxh tabte ol the uhioli Wages with either union. The Farmers League Despite the _ ^ . Chave« is now encountering is antlunkm." he siW. tt Teanwtefs, he stilt is would be more disastrous than i.odo sniait opposed to inclwifon of the farm the would take away our growers in Fresno and Tillare workers under in the San counties, has increased wage the Natimal Labor Relations boycott. the orgahiMtion of most «Qier unkNti Ui (he fiatton. «'The NLRB as it standi IMW contracts growers fell through Teamsters signed with farmers representing 85 per cent of the area's table grape production. Chavez called strikes at the ranches to force the growers back to hi', union and the bat;ie lines were drawn- » really critical the issue of which union the worker want became the question. Time will tell whether a majority of the workers stay in the fields or join the or join tne picket lines in sufficient numbers force the growers themselves. to to reverse organizer speaking recently of Chavez, said '*his charisma may appeal to some of the public but it doesn't appeal to the workers." Grami said the Teamsters concentrate on econimic benefits for the workers, rather than social reform, and this he contends is what they want. Social Movement *The United Farm Workers Union is attempting to use a group of workers to provide an economic base for a local movement," he said contending that the UFW is basically a social movement to advance radical causes of militant Mexican-Americans. The Teamsters also have been organizing in central California's San Joaquin Valley since their breakthrough at While many of the UFW's contracts here do not expire until later in the summer, Chavez said most of the Now You Know •.. By United Press International At least 8,000 Americans a year are bitten by poisonous snakes. Berivick Couple Host to Visitors From Wisconsin BERWICK Mr. and Mrs. I I 4 r k '^:%-:^M>.>;;:;:^ Henry Osse, Milwaukee, Wis., spent the April 21-22 weekend visiting her brother and sister- in-laW, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Taylor. Tim Hasten IF YOU ARE NOT RIDING Mr. and Mrs. Ed Andrews and family, Marengo, were guests April 21-22 of Mrs. Andrew's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Miller. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Smyers and family spent the' Easter holidays with Mrs. Smyers' parents, Mr. and Mrs. RoUand Chellew, Taylorville. Mr. and Mrs. Gale Adwell have returned home after spending a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Adwell, Stevenson, Ala. Mr. and Mrs. and Scott Rogers family, Louisville, Ky., spent Easter holidays with Rev. and Mrs. Mark Kafkas and F Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Myers and Tammy were Easter holiday gtiests of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. A. J, i West, Neelyville. Mo. PLEASE SLOW DOWN" SOUTHSIDE GULF Chombers Galesburo Fabrics popular for spring in- cjude thin jersey, downy mohair, georgette and nun's veiling. Evening fabrics stress lightness and luster; wedding ring matte jersey, ultra thin stains, crepe dc chine, georgette and satin- striped chiffons, liquid-moving sequine on marquisette. / Proud To nnounce I I ^ - That II i -t - M m 1 .1 h t r"1 I I - '-I 1- lit I . »i •J 'Hi ill! Has Joined Our Sales Staff fir From Atlanta, Georgia, Frank is enjoying meeting Galesburg area folks, and invites you to stop to dis- cyss your transportation needs. Whether it be a new 73 Of a used car. Frank has a cpnnplete selection of Quaranteed used cars, all models and all brands. GaUsburg, III lite

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