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"Viva la Huelga [Long Live the Strike]. Don't Buy Farah Pants!" In 1969 male workers from the cutting room voted to affiliate with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). Organizing soon spread to the rest of Farah’s five El Paso plants. When workers at Farah’s San Antonio plant were fired for joining a union-sponsored march in El Paso, more than 500 of them walked out; El Paso workers followed on May 9, 1972. The strike was quickly declared an unfair-labor-practice strike...
“We had an office in East Oakland when César Chavez and the United Farm Workers were marching from the valley to the state capital. The toxins being used on produce, particularly on lettuce, were causing all kinds or health problems for the workers and their families. They happened to be marching by our office so we saw them and started talking. They were hungry. We called and made arrangements to take them down to the community school because it had a big cafete
May 9, 1972: 4,000 garment workers at Farah Manufacturing Company in El Paso go out on strike over union representation. In January 1974, after a successful national boycott, the NLRB ruled in the workers’ favor, and the company finally recognized the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. The 1974 contract included pay increases, job security and seniority rights, and a grievance procedure.