Imperial Valley, California, Farmworkers’ Strike of 1930
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[Excerpt] On January 1, 1930, several hundred Mexican and Filipino lettuce workers in Brawley, California, walked off their jobs in a spontaneous protest against declining wages and intolerable working conditions. In less than a week they were joined by 5,000 other field workers, and the impromptu walkout of Imperial Valley lettuce workers turned into a serious strike, ushering in a decade of farmworker militancy that sent tremors throughout California's powerful agricultural establishment.
labor movement; strike; California; farmworkers
Required Publisher Statement: © Taylor & Francis. Final version published as: Bronfenbrenner, K. (1990). Imperial Valley, California, farmworkers’ strike of 1930. In R. L. Filippelli (Ed.) Labor conflict in the United States: An encyclopedia (pp. 255-256). New York: Garland Publishing, Inc. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.