Frank Bardacke’s article on organizing in the strawberry fields

Here is a really good, really well-written, clear article about why you really have to understand the people,  the social relationships among them, and what their work is actually like, if you’re going to try to organize, or help organize them:

http://stansburyforum.com/strawberry-jam/#comment-142690

This is a model of what you have to look at. We’ll see if we can get this translated to use in our classes.  If you aren’t familiar with Frank Bardacke’s book, Trampling Out the Vintage, published in 2012 by Verso and winner of the UALE Best Book and the Sidney Hillman prizes, and probably others as well, try to get a copy. It’s good literature and great reading as well as powerful history of farmworker organizing.

Published by helenaworthen

Labor educator, retired from University of Illinois, taught at TDT University in Ho Chi Minh City in the Faculty of Trade Unions and Labor Relations. Co-author with Joe Berry of Power Despite Precarity: Strategies for the contingent faculty movement in higher education, forthcoming (August 2021) from Pluto Press.

One thought on “Frank Bardacke’s article on organizing in the strawberry fields

  1. I concur about Frank’s book. I had difficulty putting it down so I could go back to work after a break or waiting in line at the refinery. His book is only half of the pages he wrote too. I can’t imagine what else was there.

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