The United Farm Workers endorsed President Joe Biden for reelection on Tuesday afternoon, lending another labor endorsement to the Democratic president for his 2024 campaign.
"Throughout his life, President Biden has been an authentic champion for workers and their families, regardless of their race or national origin,” UFW President Teresa Romero said in a statement, adding: "We look forward to working to ensure that farm workers and their communities become an integral part of the President’s re-election in 2024, and to the greater progress for farm workers that a second Biden-Harris term will bring. ¡Con Biden, si se puede!"
As part of Tuesday's announcement, the UFW said it will send members to battleground states and communities to campaign for Biden's reelection effort.
The formal announcement took place place at a farm in Moorpark, Calif., not far from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where seven Republican presidential candidates are set to debate on Wednesday.
The union, which represents 7,000 farm workers nationwide, spun out of the National Farm Workers Association, which was led by labor leaders César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Chávez's granddaughter and Biden's 2024 campaign manager, was on hand at the farm in Moorpark – a farm that has been under a union contract since 1985 – to make the announcement.
"My legacy comes out of the field here of California," Chávez Rodriguez said. "I was born in Delano, California, and I am a product of the farm worker legacy that we see behind me today, and that we see continue to fight for justice, to ensure fair wages, to ensure living wages and working protections for our workers. That's the kind of organizing that we know it's gonna take to ensure that we win in November 2024."
Chávez Rodriguez took aim at the "extremism" and "extreme positions and policies" that she said will "likely" emerge from Wednesday's Republican presidential debate stage just a few short miles away.
"As we continue to see those extreme policies, we stand here rooted in the values that we know continue to ensure that we are growing our economy, that we are ensuring that our workers have the wages that they deserve, that they have the protections that they deserve, that we continue to champion what we know are important efforts to continue to grow our economy and to ensure that we have a more fair economy that is working for everyone," she added.
"We know the vision that this president and vice president have put forward for our country," Chávez Rodriguez said. "One in which workers continue to prosper, one in which they have the right to organize, one in which they have their fair share in a growing economy, and we're gonna continue to fight for that. We're gonna continue to make sure that we're reaching out and really working side by side with labor unions like the United Farm Workers to reach so many of their members to reach those who are trusted supporters of theirs over the years."