Caller Times: Path to labor rights is a long walk

“Labor rights are human rights. Never has this been more apparent than in the summer of 1966 when South Texas farm laborers engaged in the simple act of walking to raise awareness of the blood, sweat and tears that were spent providing fruits and vegetables for families. In June 50 years ago, Starr County agricultural workers went on strike in protest of the 40 to 85 cents per hour they were paid (the national minimum wage was $1.25 an hour) to perform this back-breaking work in the South Texas heat for 10 hours each day. Eugene Nelson, recently of the National Farm Workers Association, organized the Independent Workers Association and led the farm workers’ strike.”

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