The United Farm Workers Association
Living and working as a migrant farmworker most of his life set the stage for activist Cesar Chavez to push for the better treatment and an improved lifestyle for farmworkers. Frustrated by a lack of attention these issues were receiving by the Community Service Organization he started The United Farm Workers Association (UFWA). Along with fellow Mexican American Dolores Huerta in 1962, UFWA became the largest and most influential union in the country. Their success began with the Grape Boycott in Delano. The boycott lasted for three years. Resulting in the first collective bargaining agreement in the United States between workers and growers in the country. It helped secure basic rights such as rest periods, protection from pesticides, and clean drinking water among many others.