Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

Toledo, OH

FLOC began in the mid-1960s, when Baldemar Velásquez convinced a small group of migrant farmworkers in northwest Ohio to come together for their common good.

FLOC has built a membership of tens of thousands of migrant farmworkers by incorporating two key principles:

  1. Farmworkers need a voice in the decisions that affect them: allowing workers to form a union and collectively bargain with their employer is the only way to address the huge imbalance of power and provide an effective structure for self-determination;
  2. Bring all parties to the table to address industry wide problems

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