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UFW and FLOC: Income and Members
December 20, 2019
There are two major US farm worker unions, the UFW in California and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee in Ohio and North Carolina. The UFW reported 7,481 members in 2018 who could vote, and 1,213 retired members and 371 agency payers who could not vote on union issues. The UFW reported about 5,000 members to DOL until 2013, 10,000 in 2013, and less than 8,000 in recent years.
FLOC’s membership rose from 7,500 to a peak of over 14,000 in 2006, and was 10,437 in 2018. Half of FLOC’s members were agency payers, including many Mexican H-2A guest workers brought to the US by the NC Growers Association.
The UFW charges three percent of gross wages in dues, and reported $4 million in dues and agency fees in 2018. With 7,852 members and due payers (retired members do not pay dues), this suggests an average $500 in dues and average worker earnings of $16,667 in 2018. The UFW has about 25 contracts, including several with mushroom farms where workers are employed year-round and in long-season vegetables including the D’Arrigo contract, likely the UFW’s largest covering 1,500 workers.
FLOC charges 2.5 percent and reported $600,000 in dues from 10,437 members and payers, suggesting average dues of $57 and $2,300 in earnings. Over half of FLOC workers have H-2A visas, and many workers are employed on farms with contracts and without FLOC contracts during the season.
UFW receipts and expenditures are 14 times higher than FLOC. The UFW reported $1.8 million in expenses for representational activities in 2018, $3.9 million in general overhead, and $400,000 for political activities and lobbying.
UFW and FLOC members, 2001-18 (UFW includes retirees)
UFW and FLOC Receipts and Expenses($), 2001-18