Canadian Farmworkers Union - Local No.1.
Organization profile published 1981
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2343
The Canadian Farmworkers Union (CFU) was initiated in 1979 by fruitpickers dissatisfied with working conditions in British Columbia's Okanagan and Fraser Valleys.
Abstract: The Canadian Farmworkers Union (CFU) was initiated in 1979 by fruitpickers dissatisfied with working conditions in British Columbia's Okanagan and Fraser Valleys. There are 13 000 farmworkers in B.C. Within the last 18 months, the 1200 member CFU (British Columbia) has won 6 certifications, 2 collective agreements and 2 voluntary agreements.
In June of 1981, delegates at a special CFU convention in New Westminster, B.C. voted to affiliate with the Canadian Labour Congress. While the CFU has been successful in laying groundwork to win contracts and improve working conditions, it claims that the growers in B.C. are banding together to stop the CFU and its organizing drives.
Within the last year, the CFU has begun organizing efforts in Saskatchewan and Ontario: in Ontario, farmworkers do not have the legal right to unionize. The CFU claims that Ontario growers are using scare tactics to block "outside agitators" (i.e. organizers from B.C.) from trying to organize "their" farmworkers. The CFU also publishes a newspaper entitled "The Farmworker" (16 pages, $4/yr.).