Certificate of Affiliation for the Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union to the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America-CIO
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In 1937-38, the CWFLU came into conflict with the American Federation of Labor. The A. F. of L. had a long history of racism and discrimination, especially towards Asians. When the Filipino-led Cannery Workers Union affiliated with the AFL in 1933, the Federation claimed to have changed. The A. F. of L. advertised in a handbill that "the A. F. of L. fights discrimination" and that "racial and religious prejudice are against union principles, racial and religious prejudice are used by anti-labor forces to divide workers, racial and religious prejudice are undemocratic, and racial and religious prejudice weaken our unions." This promise to its unions and the workers of its federation did not stand true. The members of Local 18257 felt the discriminations that the American Federation of Labor were forcing upon its members and their criteria for membership. Thus, the men decided to break away from their affiliation with the A. F. of L. On April 12, 1938, the final transition from the...
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