August 23, 2019

ST 2019 Salas - Obreros Unidos (United Workers) in Wisconsin


In 1969, statewide grape boycotts reduced grape consumption in Wisconsin by 41%. Migrant workers in Wisconsin were part of a nationwide movement to gain union recognition for migrant labor, as well as legally establish a ‘living wage’ and improve work conditions. Jesus Salas is a third generation migrant farmworker. After high school in 1961 he returned to migrant labor camps to help organize. Throughout his college years, he spent summers helping to establish migrant child education programs and advocating for improvement of migrant working and living conditions on Wisconsin farms. By the mid 1960s, as the national United Farmworkers movement gained traction, Jesus was an important leader and organizer in Wisconsin. In this talk, Jesus will tell stories from his own experiences as a worker and leader of migrant laborers in Wisconsin.


Dane County - UW Extension
5201 Fen Oak Dr STE 138
Madison WI, 53718-8827

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