Justice for All Workers!


5:30 pm - 8:15 pm


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Holiday Inn Cleveland South
6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH , 44131
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Baldemar Velásquez

Baldemar Velásquez

Baldemar has an amazing story to share! He was born and raised as a migrant farm worker from South Texas. In 1967, at the age of twenty, he formed the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) with assistance from his father.

In 1978 he started an eight‐year strike and boycott of the Campbell Soup Company that culminated in the first multi‐party contracts in labor history between farmworkers, farmers and numerous industrial produce corporations.  These were the first supply‐chain agreements in labor history achieving precedent‐setting human rights reforms.  After Campbell Soup, many other manufacturers followed with similar agreements.

Today his leadership and humanitarian contributions are focused on organizing farmworkers in North Carolina. He has published several articles and collaborated on books that address the plight of migrant farmworkers. His focus is the fair treatment and humane working and living conditions for the impoverished farm workers.

Baldemar has also served as the Vice President of the national AFL-CIO, as well as the Ohio Chapter of the AFL-CIO.


5:30 pm – Cocktail Hour (each paid admission includes a drink ticket)
6:30 pm – Dinner and Dessert
7:15 pm – Speakers and Q & A
8:15 pm – Adjournment


Holiday Inn Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131

Cost, Registration, and Payment

Complete the form below, and you can pay online now, or by mailing a check, or by bringing payment to the event. Cost is $40 per ticket.

We welcome new members. LERA-neo membership is open on a fiscal year basis (July through June) to anyone interested or active in the field of labor-management relations. Our members include professionals from academia, labor, management, government, the community of arbitrators, and students preparing to become professionals. Membership dues are $50 regular, $20 students, $250 for organizations (includes an unlimited number of memberships from the same organization or firm).


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