Monday, January 09, 2006

UFW Fires Back

United Farm Workers responds to the Los Angeles Times series on the UFW's tax-exempt organizations and whether they're still helping farmworkers (details below).

In a newsletter posted to the UFW listserve, the union calls the stories "inaccurate, dishonest and untrue ... viciously attacking the Farm Worker Movement and Cesar Chavez":
The Farm Worker Movement is continuing the legacy of its founders, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who believed the movement had to go beyond the work place through non-profit, independently-run groups with distinct missions and staff. Annual independent financial audits give all the organizations clean bills of health.

The UFW asks readers to remind the LA Times of all the union's accomplishments by sending letters to the editor.

Is the paper attacking the union? Or has it raised legitimate concerns about how the organization's affiliates are being run?


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