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Weekend UFW 50th anniversary gathering in Bakersfield
2,000 farm workers set organizing agenda Sunday;
UAW president, U.S. Secretary of Labor also speak

Bakersfield, Calif.—The last day of the United Farm Workers of America 50th anniversary convention at the Rabobank Convention Center focuses on 2,000 farm workers from companies under UFW contract and at ranches where they are seeking union representation as they chart an ambitious new campaign to organize and negotiate UFW contracts throughout California.
Following are highlights from the union’s Sunday convention schedule:
Sunday, May 20, 2012
--7:45 a.m. Catholic Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Garcia of the Monterey Diocese honoring the five UFW martyrs and their families
--9:30 a.m. program charting the new UFW organizing drive with participation by 2,000 farm workers under contract and at ranches seeking union representation
--11:15 address by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President Rome Aloise
--11:30 a.m. address by Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas
--1 p.m. address by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
--1:45 pm address by United Auto Workers International President Bob King
-- 2 p.m. President Barack Obama’s video addressing the UFW Covention
UFW convention proceedings are at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield 93301.
*The UFW's 50th Anniversary Convention and Awards dinner is sponsored by Chevron, Southern California Gas Co., AT&T, Budweiser, Southwest Airlines, Office &Professional Employees International Union and LatinPointe.
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