Unwieldy Acronym, Ambitious Vision: UCAPAWA’s Farm to Factory Organizing in 1930s-1940s America

In 1937 a group of radical labor activists and workers formed the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA-CIO). Their vision, influenced by the nascent industrial union and Popular Front movements of the 1930s, was unprecedented in breadth: they sought to organize the entire agricultural commodity industry, from the fields to the […]