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Beny shared this video from Mabton WA showing how farm workers are installing twine for the hops vines to grow up on. #WeFeedYou

Beny compartió este video de Mabton WA que muestra cómo los campesinos están instalando cordeles para que crezcan las enredaderas de lúpulo.  #SoyEsencial

Beny shared this video from Mabton WA showing how ...

Martin shared this vid from Fairfield CA where he's removing the suckers from the grapevines. This ensures no energy and nutrients are wasted. Workers must cover their mouths as they work as the leaves have a lot of dust and chemicals. #WeFeedYou

Martin compartió este video de Fairfield CA donde está quitando los retoños de las viñas.  Esto garantiza que no se desperdicien energía ni nutrientes.  Los trabajadores deben cubrirse la boca mientras trabajan ya que las hojas tienen mucho polvo y químicos.  #SoyEsencial

Martin shared this vid from Fairfield CA where he'...

Martin shared this vid from Fairfield CA where he's removing the suckers from the grapevines. This ensures no energy and nutrients are wasted. Workers must cover their mouths as they work as the leaves have a lot of dust and chemicals. #WeFeedYou

Martin compartió este video de Fairfield CA donde está quitando los retoños de las viñas.  Esto garantiza que no se desperdicien energía ni nutrientes.  Los trabajadores deben cubrirse la boca mientras trabajan ya que las hojas tienen mucho polvo y químicos.  #SoyEsencial

Martin shared this vid from Fairfield CA where he'...

Farm workers in Atwater CA are starting their day of planting sweet potatoes. They earn minimum wage, working no more than 40 hours a week, making it difficult to support thier families. #WeFeedYou

Los campesinos en Atwater CA están comenzando su día plantando camotes. Ganan un salario mínimo y no trabajan más de 40 horas a la semana, lo que dificulta el sustento de sus familias.#SoyEsencial

Farm workers in Atwater CA are starting their day ...

Juanita's worked at Scheid Vineyards for 17 yrs. Here she's thinning grape vines to ensure a good crop. She's pleased w/her UFW contract provides her family medical, dental & vision insurance 100% paid by company,  8 paid holidays, retirement plan, good pay & bonuses. #WeFeedYou

Juanita ha trabajado en Scheid Vineyards durante 17 años.  Aquí está podando viñas para asegurar una buena cosecha.  Está satisfecha con su contrato de la UFW que le proporciona a su familia seguro médico, dental y de visión 100% pagado por la empresa, 8 días festivos pagados, plan de retiro, buen salario y bonificaciones.  #SoyEsencial

Juanita's worked at Scheid Vineyards for 17 yrs. H...

Ruben shared this video from Prosser WA where his crew is doing the hard work of weeding and cleaning the brush around blueberry plants. #WeFeedYou

Ruben shared this video from Prosser WA where his ...

Bertha shared this video of a nursery in Gilroy CA.  These orders were for Mother’s Day but now her hours will decrease until the next holiday. As a mother of one, struggles to balance family time while earning enough to support her family. #WeFeedYou

Bertha compartió este video de una nerceria en Gilroy CA. Estos pedidos eran para el Día de la Madre pero ahora su horario disminuirá hasta el próximo dia festivo. Como madre de un hija, lucha por equilibrar el tiempo en familia y al mismo tiempo ganar lo suficiente para mantener a su familia.#SoyEsencial

Bertha shared this video of a nursery in Gilroy CA...

Rosa is thinning wine grape vines in San Lucas CA.  She leaves just enough leaves for filtered light without drawing water or nutrients away from the grapes. This skilled work ensures the flavor and quality of the harvest. #WeFeedYou

Rosa está podando viñas de uva para vino en San Lucas CA.  Deja solo suficientes hojas para filtrar la luz sin quitar agua ni nutrientes de las uvas.  Este trabajo especializado asegura el sabor y la calidad de la cosecha.  #SoyEsencial

Rosa is thinning wine grape vines in San Lucas CA....

Today is Mexican #MothersDay. Jose & UFW members at Scheid Vineyards send good wishes to all hard working mothers. Jose wants to acknowledge the mothers who are out in the fields harvesting wine grapes w/him today. Toast moms w/union wines. ufw.org/ul #WeFeedYou

Hoy es el Día de las Madres mexicanas.  José y los miembros de la Unión de Campesinos UFW en Scheid Vineyards envían buenos deseos a todas las madres trabajadoras. José quiere reconocer a las madres que hoy están en el campo cosechando uvas para vino con él.  Brinde por las mamás con vinos de la unión.  ufw.org/ul #WeFeedYou

Today is Mexican #MothersDay. Jose & UFW members a...

Recent rains have hurt the strawberry crop. These Oxnard CA farm workers tell us the strawberry crop isn't good quality and they are working less hours. They worry as they have bills to pay and families to support. #WeFeedYou

Las últimas lluvias han perjudicado la cosecha de fresas.  Estos campesinos de Oxnard CA nos dicen que la cosecha de fresas no es de buena calidad y que están trabajando menos horas.  Se preocupan porque tienen recibos que pagar y familias que mantener.  #SoyEsencial

Recent rains have hurt the strawberry crop. These ...

Eduardo shared this video from Santa Maria, CA. He demonstrates how he packs the strawberries we will soon enjoy into the boxes that end up in our homes. He shares he needs to look for the berries that are big and ripe and place them carefully to fill the box. #WeFeedYou

Eduardo compartió este video desde Santa María, CA. Nos demuestra cómo empaca esas fresas que pronto disfrutaremos en las cajas que terminan en nuestros hogares. Él comparte que debe buscar aquellas que sean grandes y maduras para colocarlas con cuidado en la caja que va llenando. 
#soyesencial

Eduardo shared this video from Santa Maria, CA. He...

Annabelle shared this video with us from near Fresno CA. She explains they are deleafing the grape vines so that the vines grows strong to support  the little bunches of grapes. They earn $16/hr for this work. #WeFeedYou

Annabelle compartió este video con nosotros de cerca de Fresno,CA. Ella explica que están deshojando las vides para que crezcan fuertes y puedan sostener los pequeños racimos de uvas. Ganan $16 por hora por este trabajo. #SoyEsencial

Annabelle shared this video with us from near Fres...

Julio works in the Napa CA area vineyards. The wires are adjusted to guide the growing vines and then readjusted once grown to allow just the right amount of sun to reach the grapes and improve the sugar content of the grapes. #WeFeedYou

Julio trabaja en los viñedos del área de Napa CA. Los alambres se ajustan para guiar las vides en crecimiento y luego se reajustan una vez que crecen para permitir que llegue la cantidad justa de sol a las uvas y mejorar el contenido de azúcar de las uvas. #SoyEsencial

Julio works in the Napa CA area vineyards. The wir...

Cuando la presidenta de la UFW, Teresa Romero, recibió la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad, demostró que los campesinos son vistos y apreciados por la oficina más alta del país.

When UFW President Teresa Romero received the Presidential Medal of Freedom it showed farm workers are seen and appreciated  by the country's highest office.

Cuando la presidenta de la UFW, Teresa Romero, rec...

A farm worker sent us this video from where workers are beginning to transplant tomato seedlings in Mendota CA. They will plant hundreds of acres. The tomatoes will eventually be harvested and delivered to US stores in the summer.  #WeFeedYou

Un campesino envió este video donde los trabajadores comienzan a trasplantar plantas de tomate en Mendota, CA. Plantarán cientos de acres. Los tomates finalmente se cosecharán y se entregarán a las tiendas estadounidenses en el verano. 
#SoyEsencial

A farm worker sent us this video from where worker...

Guacamole is a must at your #CincoDeMayo bash. Join us in sending a  big thanks to farm workers like Chps, who sent us this video from where he was harvesting avocados in Santa Paula CA. #WeFeedYou

El guacamole es imprescindible en tu fiesta del Cinco de Mayo. Únete a nosotros para enviar un gran agradecimiento a los campesinos como Chps, quien nos envió este video desde donde estaba cosechando aguacates en Santa Paula, CA.
#soyEsencial

Guacamole is a must at your #CincoDeMayo bash. Joi...

Cinco de Mayo is a day where many come together and enjoy Mexican culture and cuisine! Today we want to honor the people who put the foods we love on our tables: farm workers! So enjoy your favorite Mexican dishes today and thank farm workers everyday for the hard work they do! #WeFeedYou #cincodemayo 

Cinco de Mayo es un día en el que muchos se reúnen y disfrutan de la cultura y la gastronomía mexicana. ¡Hoy queremos honrar a las personas que ponen los alimentos que amamos en nuestras mesas: los trabajadores del campo! Así que disfruta de tus platillos mexicanos favoritos hoy y agradece a los trabajadores del campo todos los días por el arduo trabajo que realizan. #SoyEsencial #CincodeMayo

Cinco de Mayo is a day where many come together an...

Trailblazing labor leader Teresa Romero is a champion for farm workers across the fields, orchards and vineyards of America. Standing up for one of our most vulnerable yet essential groups of workers and giving them the voice, hope and inspiration to push for change.

La líder sindical pionera Teresa Romero es una defensora de los campesinos en los campos, huertos y viñedos de Estados Unidos.  Defendiendo a uno de nuestros grupos de trabajadores más vulnerables pero esenciales y darles la voz, la esperanza y la  inspiración para impulsar el cambio.

Trailblazing labor leader Teresa Romero is a champ...

Acting DOL Secretary Julie Su announced new federal DOL rules to reform the H-2A guest worker program, which will protect both domestic and H-2A farm workers from exploitation. It's time to strengthen worker protections and hold accountable those who mistreat essential workers.

La Secretaria Interina del Departamento de Labor (DOL), Julie Su, anunció nuevas reglas federales del DOL para reformar el programa de trabajadores H-2A, que protegerá a los trabajadores agrícolas domésticos como a los H-2A de la explotación. Es hora de fortalecer las protecciones de los trabajadores y que tomen responsabilidad los que maltratan a los trabajadores esenciales.

Acting DOL Secretary Julie Su announced new federa...

Recent rains have caused an abundance of weeds and grass in the Napa CA vineyards. Manuel is cutting the weeds to make it easier for his co workers to do the next tasks needed on this vineyard for the upcoming harvest. #WeFeedYou

Las lluvias recientes han provocado una abundancia de malezas y pasto en los viñedos de Napa CA. Manuel está cortando la maleza para facilitar a sus compañeros de trabajo las siguientes tareas necesarias en este viñedo para la próxima cosecha. #SoyEsencial

Recent rains have caused an abundance of weeds and...

Marcelino works harvesting brussell sprouts in Oxnard CA. He spends his days hunched over cutting the vegetable and at the end of his day can barely walk from the pain in his waist. This is how he supports his family. #WeFeedYou

Marcelino trabaja cosechando coles de bruselas en Oxnard CA. Pasa los días encorvado cortando la verdura y al final del día apenas puede caminar por el dolor en la cintura. Así mantiene a su familia.#WeFeedYou

Marcelino works harvesting brussell sprouts in Oxn...

UFW President Teresa Romero speaking at Department of Labor press conference announcing DOL has finalized farm worker protection rule

UFW President Teresa Romero speaking at Department...

US Department of Labor Acting Secretary Julie Su speaking at press conference announcing DOL has finalized farm worker protection rule

US Department of Labor Acting Secretary Julie Su s...

Erasmo was covering mandarin trees with netting in the San Joaquin Valley. By the end of the day, he was exhausted. After years of doing this kind of work, workers share their bodies are worn out. #WeFeedYou

Erasmo está cubriendo mandarinos con redes en el Valle de San Joaquín. Al final del día los campesinos terminan exhaustos y después de años de hacer este tipo de trabajo sus cuerpos están agotados. #SoyEsencial

Erasmo was covering mandarin trees with netting in...

Celebrating Cesar Chavez: Last week, two student organizations Students For Farm Workers and the Westwood food co-op collaborated to organize a community dinner with locally and ethically sourced ingredients to help raise money for the UFW. 

As everyone sat around the table they had some great  conversations about farm labor, ethical consumption, and how to better support farm labor justice that they wanted to share. Thank you to all the amazing students who participated! #wefeedyou #ufw #fyp #solidarityseason #SoyEsencial

Celebrando a César Chávez: 
La semana pasada dos organizaciones estudiantiles, Students For Farm Workers y Westwood food co-op, organizaron una cena comunitaria con ingredientes de origen local y ético para ayudar a recaudar fondos para la UFW.

Mientras todos se sentaban alrededor de la mesa, tuvieron excelentes conversaciones sobre el trabajo agrícola, el consumo ético y cómo apoyar mejor la justicia laboral agrícola que querían compartir. ¡Gracias a todos los increíbles estudiantes que participaron! #wefeedyou #ufw #fyp #temporadasolidaria #SoyEsencial

Celebrating Cesar Chavez: Last week, two student o...

Manuel is a proud member of the UFW. He shares, #CesarChavez was someone who always fought for farm workers’ rights. Today, after his passing, United Farm Workers continues to fight so that all may recognize the importance and dignity of farm work. 

He is always present in everything that he did for us as farm workers.
Today, I’d also like to thank all of the members for their work, like our leader Teresa Romero, who has been an example and who continues to fight for us. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. 

I know that the way is long, but we have what we aim for in front of us. Nothing will stop us. Today, we’re stronger than ever. And we will continue fighting with all our hearts. I want to continue to work and fight for dignity for farm workers. 
#WeFeedYou

Manuel is a proud member of the UFW. He shares, #C...

Tonight is the 1st night of #Passover. We dip parsley (Karpas) in salt water to recognize the spring time. Salt water symbolizes the tears and sweat of enslavement. As we hold Seders, remember the farm workers who are out in the fields harvesting the food we’re eating. #WeFeedYou

Hoy es la primera noche de #Pascua.  Mojamos perejil (Karpas) en agua salada para recordar la primavera.  El agua salada simboliza las lágrimas y el sudor de la esclavitud.  Mientras celebramos el Séder, recuerde a los campesinos que están en los campos cosechando los alimentos que comemos.  #SoyEsencial

Tonight is the 1st night of #Passover. We dip pars...

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