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Poster, "Viva la Huelga Don't buy Farrah pants!"

Poster, "Viva la Huelga/ Don't buy Farrah pants!"

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A green poster with black and white text; "Viva la Huelga/ Don't buy Farrah pants!" In the 1970s, garment unions represented about 850,000 workers out of a total industry work force of 1.3 million. Membership declined rapidly as businesses moved offshore and into the non-union South and Southwest. In 1995, garment unions with a combined membership of about 335,000 merged to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE). Organizing new workers has been a major priority.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Poster
associated institution
Farah of Texas
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
maker
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
referenced
United States: Texas
United States: New Mexico
Measurements
overall: 22 in x 14 in; 55.88 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
1981.0452.07
accession number
1981.0452
catalog number
1981.0452.07
Credit Line
Philip and Jeff Foisie
subject
History, Reform Movements, Economic Protest
Labor Unions
labor issues
Textile Processing and Production
Strikes and Boycotts
Mexican-Americans and/or Chicanos
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Sweatshops
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I was one of the first Farah employees to walk out from the Las Cruces plant. I was working at the factory while my husband attended the New Mexico State University as the first in his family to attend college. The factory in El Paso had recently walked out on strike and they invited the Las Cruces plant employees to a attend a meeting to let us know why they had decided to participate in the walk out. I had been working a the plant for about a year. I had been witness to the dangerous working conditions in the plant. None of us knew anything about unions but we knew that the malpractices at the plant were real. A lot of the workers there had been there for years and they assumed that's what they would do for the rest of their lives. I knew I would only be there until my husband graduated. This experience was one of the best experiences in my life. I met some of the most amazing union people who believe that a person's dignity comes from being valued as a working member of society.

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