League of Independent Workers of the San Joaquin Valley

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League of Independent Workers of the San Joaquin Valley
Founded2004
AffiliationInternational Association of Machinists
CountryUnited States of America

The League of Independent Workers of the San Joaquin Valley is a union in the U.S. state of California.

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Between 2002 and 2005, the cost of living in Livingston, California, increased substantially. In particular, house prices doubled and rents went up.

In 2003, workers at the Foster Farms poultry plants around Livingston voted to leave the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1288.

In 2004, the workers organized the League and voted to be represented by it.

In 2005, the League negotiated with Foster Farms. The League proposed a union shop contract with substantial pay increases; Foster Farms proposed an open shop contract with nominal pay increases. The League affiliated with the International Association of Machinists. Foster Farms refused to recognize the League's affiliation with the IAM. A three-day strike occurred in October 2005.

In 2006, Foster Farms and the League agreed to an open shop contract with nominal pay increases. The League's members ratified the contract on October 29, 2006.

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