As Abe Lincoln said, "labor creates all wealth," but farm workers get precious little of it. Twenty five years ago, at the height of the influence of the United Farm Workers, union contracts guaranteed almost twice the minimum wage of the time. Today, the hourly wage in almost every farm job is the minimum wage -- $6.75 an hour. And taking inflation into account, the minimum is lower today than it was then. Farm workers are worse off than they've been for over two decades, while the supermarket price of fruit has more than doubled.
Source: NO FRUITS FOR THEIR LABOR By David Bacon San Francisco Chronicle, 10/11/06