Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the farm workers series
In 1988, Delores Huerta was severely injured resulting in the removal of her spleen when she was hit with a club during a peaceful demonstration against the policies of candidate George Bush. She won a major settlement from the police and in turn, this situation lead to enactment of new law regarding the handling of crowd control by the police.
Today, Delores still serves on the board, for the American Way, and the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Honorary degree from Princeton University
In 2007, she shared the Community of Christ International Peace Award with Virgilio Elizondo.
She is also the honorary chair of The Democratic Socialists of America
She is the President of the Delores Huerta Foundation which is a “non-profit organization whose mission is to build active communities working for fair and equal access to health care, housing, education, jobs, civic participation and economic resources for disadvantaged communities with an emphasis on women and youth.”
“She currently serves on the Board of Directors of [Equality California. On June 12, 2009, Huerta was awarded the UCLA Medal, UCLA’s highest honor, during the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony.”
Farm-workers rights internationally
The Montreal Protocol, which came in effect on January 1, 1989, is an international treaty to help protect the ozone layer from further damage. Its recommendations with respect to helping farm-workers was to eliminate the toxic pesticides that cause cancer to humans and further destroys the ozone layer.
The Quebec labour board recognized the right for Mirabel seasonal agricultural workers, just outside of Montreal, to join Canada’s largest agricultural union, the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada. It took 20 months of negotiation to have their rights to unionize and have bargaining power recognized. Prior to this decision only permanent agricultural workers had unions and the rights and privileges that went with them.
“These workers had the courage to stand up and the labour board has backed them up by recognizing their rights to associate and bargain collectively,” says Louis Bolduc, the executive assistant to the national president of UFCW Canada. “This decision is a victory for these workers and for every other agriculture worker in Quebec who needs and wants a union.”