By Anne E. Schraff
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His target was primarily Republican governor, Jack Williams. Chavez failed to unseat the governor. But his campaign registered many new Mexican American voters. In 1974 a governor more favorable to unions was elected. In August 1975 California got a new governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr. He was a young, pro-union politician. He put through the Agricultural Labor Relations Act. The act was the first bill 47 Chavez Book 9/17/07 2:20 PM Page 48 of rights for farm workers ever enacted in the United States.
00 an hour plus other benefits. 00 an hour. 48 Chavez Book 9/17/07 2:20 PM Page 49 Cesar Chavez was still disappointed by the continued use of pesticides in the fields of California. He also disliked the living conditions for farm workers in some camps. He began another fast in July 1988. He was now sixty-one-yearsold and frail. Chavez described the fast as a way to clean his own body and soul so he could continue helping his people. He also fasted to call attention to some farm workers sickened by careless use of pesticides.
Many people boycotted grapes as a matter of conscience. If people did not see the emblem of the black eagle on a box of grapes, they refused to buy it. The eagle symbol meant that the grower had come to terms with the UFW union. One by one, the grape growers were making deals with Chavez. On July 17, 1970, the big break came. Twenty-three growers were ready to negotiate. They grew almost half of all the grapes in California. 42 Chavez Book 9/17/07 2:20 PM Page 43 Negotiations were held at the Holiday Inn in Bakersfield.
Cesar Chavez (20th Century Biographies) by Anne E. Schraff