Yesterday Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Jill Biden unveiled this mosaic of Cesar Chavez at a ceremony naming an auditorium after the socialist labor agitator. The Washington Examiner reported the news yesterday:
The one labor socialist many Americans love, United Farm Workers co-founder Cesar Chavez, finally has some real estate in Washington thanks to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ move Monday to name the department’s auditorium after the famous produce picker.
Solis, accompanied by Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, also unveiled a mosaic of Chavez to be displayed permanently at the department.
Chavez, who died in 1993, co-founded the UFW with Democratic Socialists of America honorary co-chair Dolores Huerta, to fight for fair wages for migrant workers.
With Huerta in the audience, Solis said, “Today, we celebrate one of America’s most powerful stories of courage and victory. The farm worker movement was begun by people who didn’t have money or clout. Many were new to this country and lived season to season. They were hard-working people of the land who asked only for dignity and fair treatment, and today we are proud to give them the Department of Labor’s highest honor.” (Read More)
Huerta, she’s a real piece of work, as The Blaze pointed out.
Blaze readers may remember Dolores Huerta from a story we did in 2010 when she was caught on tape praising Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez in front of a high school audience.
Fantastic. It’s like one big, happy, socialist family. Unfortunately, the man they’re honoring did more to hurt farm workers than he ever did to help them. He helped them right out of their jobs, which I pointed out when a Navy ship was named after him.
Good grief. The US Navy is honoring this man!?!?
There are several myths about Chávez that deserve explanation, clarification, and explication, but the most pressing of these myths is that Chavez helped Latino fruit pickers get a living wage. He did no such thing.
Truth: Chavez didn’t even end up helping United Farm Workers of California (UFWOC) workers. Although he himself did not use violence, he looked the other way when his supporters roughed up the illegal immigrants the growers brought in. Chavez even condoned the deportation of people who refused to unionize. (For more on this, see Steve Sailer’s excellent article in The American Conservative.)
In the end, he robbed the laborers of wages – you don’t get paid when you are striking all the time – that helped drive small growers out of business and forcing them to sell to larger agribusinesses, which led almost inexorably to the mechanization of the fruit industry.
Chavez, as a union boss, faced the classic union dilemma: how do I drive up wages quickly but guarantee that the labor you claim to represent won’t be replaced?
Chavez never came up with a good answer to this dilemma. Instead he demanded that everyone in Great Central Valley in California be unionized. When the growers didn’t like this deal, they found alternatives around it….
Who will they honor next? I hate to even imagine.
Oh, and how much did that mosaic wind up costing the taxpayers?