1973.03.01: Farah: Key Southwest Strike Chicano Workers Lead the Way (Red Tide)

Farah Strike -- Red Tide

Red Tide, Vol. II, No. 5 [Issue #9]
March 1973

Farah: Key Southwest Strike
Chicano Workers Lead the Way
[By Michael Letwin]

Farah Corporation is one of the largest producers of pants in the United States. Farah’s 3,000 Chicano workers in New Mexico and Texas are on strike because of pay as low as $1.70 an hour. Women working there for twenty years get paid $2.20 an hour. The average salary is $4000.00 a year before taxes. According to the U.S. government, a family of four needs about $7200.00 a year for a modest standard of living.

The workers tried to bargain with the Company, but were met with company spies and firings. For over 7 months, they have been striking for the right of union representation (Amalgamated Clothing workers AFL-CIO).

In the last couple of years a lot of companies have closed plants in the L.A. area. They have run away to places in the South, the Southwest, and other countries .  .  . where they can pay workers a lot less because there are no unions. These are called runaway shops.

The workers at Farah are leading the drive to close the door on these run away companies. If these companies can no longer move to other areas, but must pay all workers a living wage – we all win!

The boycott of Farah Pants has been taken up by unions all over the world. In Hong Kong, the textile workers union sent unfinished cloth from Farah’s Hong Kong plant back to the U.S. In this country, the AFL-CIO has called for a nationwide boycott of Farah Pants.


*FOR MORE INFORMATION about picket lines and other support activity, call us at 266-0970 or 257-9284.

*JOIN OUR PICKET LINES* Saturdays starting at 10:00 a.m. at May Co. at Overland and Pico.

*STRIKÍNG WORKERS NEED MONEY ­ Unions, groups and individuals can send donations to Farah Strike Fund, P.O. Box 998, El Paso, Texas 77041

[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/%5D


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