Title

A Study of the Organization of Agricultural Workers in California

Publication Year

1963

Keywords

economics, California, agriculture, labor unions, farmers, standard of living

Disciplines

Agribusiness | Agricultural and Resource Economics | Business | Economics | Income Distribution | Labor Economics | Political Science

Abstract

Agriculture is the last major unorganized industry in the United States. Of the approximately three million workers that are employed full or part time on farms, only about 1% of them are organized.

Many farmers in California depend on seasonal labor; when their crops are ready for harvesting, they must obtain enough workers to harvest them. Their position in the economy, one of increasing costs and decreasing prices, is not an enviable one.

The agricultural worker, on the other hand, has the problem of getting enough work to support himself and his family. His standard of living is ordinarily the lowest in American society.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Economics

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