maintain this basis of communication and agreement for many years to come, without outside harassment.
Dispoto then pointed out California farm wages averaged $1.43 an hour, the highest in the nation, that the Delano-Earlimart-McFarland area grape harvest was the largest in years and that harvest had been accomplished "with our workers. There was no need, with the exception of 70, for outside help to be brought into the area." Dispoto qualified this last statement, acknowledging that "several farming organizations" in the area traditionally imported large amounts of labor.
The latest action of the NFWA, with the assistance of SNCC and CORE, to nationally boycott products of table grapes from Delano ... is the wildest kind of vengeance by an irresponsible group.We firmly believe the general public, when the facts are known, will voice their opinion against such deplorable acts as boycotting . . . we are sincerely looking forward to the riddance of these outside agitators and rabble rousers and college kooks and a few migrant ministers and priests ...
In December 1965, just before Walter Reuther made his first trip to the Delano grape strike, AFL-CIO president George Meany asked the federation's executive council to name William Kircher director of organizing, to replace the retiring Jack Livingston. Kircher, a big, bluff 200-pounder who laughs easily and likes to talk tough trade union talk, had been an