This national monument honors one of the most important U.S. labor and human rights leaders of the 20th century. César Chávez co-founded the United Farm Workers of America in 1962, the first agricultural labor union in the nation. He steered the union through a series of unprecedented victories, including contracts that covered more than 100,000 farm workers, raised wages and funded health care and pension plans, mandated the provision of drinking water and restroom facilities in the fields, regulated the use of pesticides in the fields, and established a fund for community service projects. Chávez's nonviolent advocacy helped secure the passage of the first law in the United States that specifically recognized farm workers' rights to organize unions and engage in collective bargaining. This monument contains 26 historic buildings and structures, including a visitor center with Chávez’s preserved office and library, a memorial garden, and Chávez’s burial site. It is the first national park site devoted to a contemporary Latino-American.
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Blog Post César E. Chávez National Monument an Excellent First Step Toward Honoring the Influential Labor Leader NPCA commends President Barack Obama for announcing on Monday that he will designate a César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, California, as the 398th site in the National Park System—the first national park unit to recognize the work of a contemporary Latino American. This designation is an excellent first step toward honoring Chávez and a fitting way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Press Release National Parks Group Applauds President Obama for Designating the Cesar Chavez National Monument National Park Site the First to Honor a Latino American
Blog Post Now Is the Time to Honor the Legacy of César Chávez Fifty years ago this Saturday, March 31, on his 35th birthday, César Chávez made the decision to dedicate his life to organizing America’s farm workers when he quit his job and moved his family to Delano, California. Today he is recognized as one of the country’s most important Latino figures and founder of what is now the United Farm Workers of America.