Cannery and Agricultural Workers’ International Union

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The Cannery and Agricultural Workers Industrial Union (CAWIU) was a Communist-aligned union active in California in the early 1930s. Organizers provided support to workers in the California fields and canning industry.

See California Agricultural Strike 1933.

In response to the successful organizing among workers, growers formed the Associated Farmers which fought unionism with violent vigilantism. Under the California Criminal Syndicalism Act, CAWIU leaders were prosecuted and sent to prison, and the CAWIU was dissolved in 1936.


  • Eric Arnesen, ed. Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History