- Baldemar Velasquez
Baldemar Velázquez (born
Pharr, Texas, February 15 1947) is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, an organization he founded in 1967 in Toledo, Ohio.
Early life and education
Velázquez was born into a migrant farm worker family and began agricultural work when he was six years old. He attended what is now the
University of Texas-Pan Americanin Edinburg, Texasfrom 1965-66, Ohio Northern Universityin Ada, Ohio1966-67, and from 1967-69 attended Bluffton College, where he graduated with a BA in Sociology. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college.
Career with FLOC
Velázquez made FLOC a national organization in 1978 when he led more than 2,000 workers in one of the largest agricultural strikes in the history of the Midwest. He issued a call for unprecedented
trade unionrecognition in a multi-party collective bargainingagreement.
In 1979, FLOC launched a nationwide boycott of Campbell's
tomatoharvesting operations to pressure the company into labor negotiations. In 1983, Velázquez led 600-mile march of 100 farm workers from FLOC headquarters in Toledo, Ohioto Campbell'sheadquarters in Camden, New Jersey. The march garnered extensive national media coverage for Velázquez and FLOC. In Feb. 1986, the migrant workers, growers and Campbell's announced a three-way pact in which the growers agreed to give limited medical insurance, a paid holiday and a wage increase to 600-800 workers on 28 farms. It was the first three-way pact in labor history. FLOC and Velázquez called off the boycott after Campbell's and their subsidiary Vlasic signed the contracts. The next year, Heinz U.S.A. and its growers signed a contract with FLOC covering an additional 700 workers. FLOC forced the growth of growers associations to facilitate collective signatories of multi-party agreements.
In 1997, FLOC won three major new contracts covering 1,200 additional workers in the pickle and fresh market
tomatoindustry. In 1998, Velázquez led the national FLOC boycott of the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. in the campaign to organize the workers in North Carolinaand the South. In 1999, Velázquez and FLOC played a key role in the creation of the National Coalition for Dignity and Amnesty for Immigrants.
Velázquez has attended the International Labor Conference in Paris (2001) where he met with the leaders of French labor unions, and attended the Open World Conference in Berlin (2002) where he opened dialog with international unions on halting the shipping of pickles by Mt. Olive to the United States. In the summer of 2004, Velázquez with a team of workers negotiated the first union contract with the
North CarolinaGrowers' Association and an agreement with the Mt. Olive Pickle Co. to end the four and a half year boycottof the company.
In 2002, Velázquez led a delegation to the White House to meet with President George W. Bush's staff on the Freedom Act legislation developed by the National Coalition for Dignity and Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants.
In 1986 Velázquez received the
Midwest Academyaward for outstanding contributions to social change. The Agricultural Missions of the National Council of Churchesalso awarded him for his unprecedented accomplishment of multi-party collective bargaining agreements. Velázquez received a Bannerman Fellowshipin 1988 and the next year was named a MacArthur Fellowby the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 1990, Velázquez received his degree in Practical Theologyand was ordained in 1991 as chaplainto the farmworkers by Rapha Ministries.
Velázquez also served as an organizer of the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991. In 1994, 29 national Hispanic organizations chose him as the recipient of the
Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. That same year he also received Mexico's Aguila Azteca Award—the highest award Mexico can award a non-citizen. The University of Toledoawarded him an Honorary Doctorateof Humane Letters degree in 1998.
He is married; he and his wife have four children and four grandchildren (as of
* [http://www.floc.com/ FLOC home page]
* [http://www.floc.com/html/BVbio.html FLOC Velasquez Biography]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
См. также в других словарях:
Farm Labor Organizing Committee — Infobox Union name= FLOC full name= Farm Labor Organizing Committee founded= 1967 country= United States office= Toledo, Ohio people= website= [http://www.floc.com/ www.floc.com] affiliation= AFL CIO members= 23,300 native name= current= head=… … Wikipedia
Velazquez — Family name name = Velázquez imagesize= 200 px caption= meaning =crow region =Spain language =Basque related names = Velasquez footnotes = Velázquez, also Velazquez, Velásquez or Velasquez, is a surname of Spanish origin. It is a patronymic name … Wikipedia
List of Mexican Americans — This is a list of notable Mexican Americans.ListAthletesBaseball players*Hank Aguirre MLB All Star pitcher *Mel Almada MLB outfielder *Armando Almanza MLB player pitcher *Abe Alvarez MLB pitcher *Rubén Amaro, Jr. MLB outfielder *Frank Arellanes… … Wikipedia
Ohio Northern University — Established 1871 Type Private Endowment $112.9 million … Wikipedia
Bluffton University — Infobox University name =Bluffton University native name = latin name = motto =The Truth Makes Free established =1899 type =Private, Mennonite university endowment = staff = faculty = president =James (Jim) Harder principal = rector = chancellor … Wikipedia
MacArthur Fellows Program — For the award in the field of ecology, see Robert H. MacArthur Award. The MacArthur Fellows Program or MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the Genius Award) is an award given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation each year to typically … Wikipedia
Leipsic (Ohio) — Leipsic … Deutsch Wikipedia
Liste der MacArthur Fellows — Die MacArthur Fellowship ist eine von der John D. und Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation vergebene Auszeichnung, verbunden mit einem fünfjährigen Stipendium. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Liste der MacArthur Fellows 1.1 1981 1.2 1982 1.3 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Chachapoyas Province — Chachapoyas Province An air view of the Province of Chachapoyas … Wikipedia