Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

Laborers

Adopted by the CCAR at the 86th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
1975

WHEREAS we are heirs of a prophetic tradition which ever sought to repair the damaged world, and

WHEREAS in our efforts to restore the world to sanity we affirm the following position which we take knowing full well the complexity of such an issue but knowing also that we cannot be silent,

WHEREAS the Central Conference of American Rabbis has been supportive of the United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO) in their non-violent efforts to organize farm workers and bring a measure of justice to the fields of California and other states in the United States, and

WHEREAS the ten year struggle of the farm workers has led to a major legislative breakthrough in the State of California which guarantees year round and seasonal farm workers an opportunity to vote in secret ballot elections for the union of their choice, and

WHEREAS the California Labor Relations Act of 1975 provides a proper framework for the working out of justice in the fields,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis commends Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. of California for the leadership he has provided in bringing about a legislative consensus on the farm labor issue, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis calls on the E. and J. Gallo Winery and the California grape and lettuce growers to hold secret ballot elections at the earliest possible date, utilizing procedures of the California Labor Relations Act of 1975, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Central Conference of American Rabbis calls on its friends and constituents to continue their support of the boycott of non-UFW grapes. head lettuce and Gallo wines and other wines produced by subsidiaries of the E. and J. Gallo Winery, until farm workers have had an opportunity to vote for the union of their choice and until effective collective bargaining agreements are signed.