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American National Biography

César Estrada Chávez

Whether or not one agreed with his views, as a result of his commitment a nation became aware of the plight of Mexican-heritage field workers. Not only were wages raised but work conditions improved, including the provision of water and toilets in the fields, the regulation of pesticides, and the institution of grievance procedures. Workers under union contract received health and pension benefits. Chávez also inspired the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s.

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