December 9, 2021

2021 United Farm Workers Gala

Thornton Law Firm LLP, dedicated to representing farmworkers and their families harmed by pesticides, is proud to be a Gold Eagle Sponsor of this year’s United Farm Workers (UFW) Gala. The event honors Arturo S. Rodríguez, UFW President Emeritus, for his leadership and accomplishments during his 25 years as UFW President and 45 years with La Causa. The gala will be held on December 9, 2021 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, from 6:00 to 9:00 PST. Both in person and virtual tickets have already sold out.

Arturo S. Rodríguez served 25 years as president after Cesar Chavez’s death in 1993, building a solid leadership team to continue the UFW’s work. He dedicated 45 years to the UFW and the cause of improving farm worker lives in California and across the nation. He spent countless hours advocating for farm workers.

Under his leadership, the UFW made major advancements including advocating for rules to protect farm workers and all workers working in extreme heat. After years of UFW advocacy, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the first such regulations in 2005, requiring water and shade for workers suffering from heatstroke, and Governor Brown strengthened those protections in 2015. Rodríguez and the UFW successfully fought for higher wages for farmworkers, and by the time he left the UFW Presidency, farm worker wages in 2018 federal data averaged $13.18 an hour – almost $3 an hour above the $10.50 California minimum wage. In 2019, California began enforcing a UFW-sponsored law giving farm workers overtime pay after working more than forty (40) hours in a week, or eight (8) hours in a day. Arturo Rodriguez made the UFW a national leader for immigration reform, including involvement in negotiating the first agricultural immigration reform bill in more than 30 years to pass the U.S. House on a bipartisan vote in 2019.

Please join us on December 9 to honor Arturo Rodriguez as we keep making progress by building upon Cesar Chavez’s and Arturo’s legacies on behalf of the people for whom they dedicated their lives.

The birth defect attorneys at Thornton Law Firm help farm workers who were needlessly exposed to and harmed by dangerous pesticides. In the United States, agricultural workers have the greatest incidence of birth defects of any occupation. Thornton Law Firm is a nationwide leader in groundbreaking litigation representing children born with catastrophic birth defects from the toxic exposures of their parents. If you believe your child’s birth defect was caused by your exposure to pesticides, call Attorney David Bricker at Thornton Law Firm LLP at (310) 282-8676 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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