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The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) led by César Chávez was originally a workers' rights organization that helped workers get unemployment insurance but rapidly became a union of farmworkers when it merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) led by Filipino organizer Larry Itliong, to form the labor union United Farm Workers of America (UFWA).
The shift occurred when the NFWA went out on strike in support of the mostly Filipino farmworkers of the AWOC in Delano, California who had previously initiated a grape strike on September 8, 1965. The NFWA and the AWOC, recognizing their common goals and methods, and realizing the strengths of coalition formation, jointly formed the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee on August 22, 1966. This organization was accepted into the AFL-CIO in 1972 and changed its name to the United Farmworkers Union.
- ↑ UFW: The Official Web Page of the United Farm Workers of America
- ↑ Tejada-Flores, Rick. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle". pbs.org. Independent Television Service (ITVS). http://www.pbs.org/itvs/fightfields/cesarchavez1.html. Retrieved 9 April 2014.