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1985 Founding Meeting
Based in Woodburn, Oregon, the center of Oregon’s agricultural industry, PCUN-Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), is Oregon’s farmworkers union and largest Latino organization in the state.
Founded in 1985 by 80 farmworkers, PCUN has since registered more than 6,000 members, 98% of which are Mexican and Central American immigrants, and to encompass a wide variety of organizing projects.
PCUN’s fundamental goal is to empower farmworkers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and all of its effects. To achieve this end, PCUN is involved in community and workplace organizing on many different levels.
Who we organize:
PCUN’s organizing and outreach efforts include workers from the various areas of agriculture, including:
- year-round employees
- seasonal workers
- nursery and reforestation workers
- cannery workers.
Our Major Programs include:
- PCUN’s Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC): The CBC negotiates and implements union contracts with local farms. The CBC uses various direct organizing tactics, such as visiting fields, distributing leaflets, and holding house meetings and marches.
- PCUN’s Service Center: PCUN also organizes through its Service Center for Farmworkers, which provides members in good standing with support services such as translation, recommendations to lawyers for work-related incidents, and immigration services (usually petitioning for close family members to gain legal status). PCUN members in good standing are also covered by a group insurance policy which pays a funeral benefit if a member or immediate family member dies.
- PCUN’s community radio station, Radio Movimiento: “Radio Movimiento” (Movement Radio) with the slogan “La Voz del Pueblo” (The Voice of the People) was created in 2006 to educate, raise political consciousness, and entertain our membership and base of supporters.
- PCUN’s Policy work: PCUN works with the Oregon Legislature to promote, protect, and develop just farmworker rights through legal means. On a national level, PCUN collaborates with other organizations to promote legalization for undocumented workers and to ensure immigrants’ rights
- PCUN’s Workplace Health projects: These projects involve national and statewide collaboration around issues such as documenting pesticide exposure, controlling pesticide use, educating workers on safer practices, and combating workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault (especially victimizing farmworker women from indigenous communities).