“For those born more recently, this is essential history.” Tom Gallagher reviews Frank Bardacke’s history of the UFW, Trampling Out the Vintage:

After Chavez’s death in 1993, the union, now headed by his son-in-law, Artie Rodriguez, made what Bardacke considers “a genuine effort to return to the fields and regain its identity as a union,” but with only modest success. It still has about 6,000 workers under contract “with wages and benefits not much different from the current low standards in the California fields,” and the union still advocates for farm workers and proposes legislation. But the revival of farm worker organizing still awaits its day.

Read the whole thing here.

I remember Casar Chavez well.  That valley is a special valley.  Casar Chavez & Merle Haggard….and my head just went BOOM!