Video Oral History
PCUN; UFW; SEIU Local 6; STITCH
Rebecca Saldaña’s father was a Mexican immigrant, and she was born and raised in Seattle. While attending Seattle University, Saldana became active in farm worker solidarity campaigns, and after graduating became an organizer with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), a farm worker’s union in Oregon. At PCUN, she coordinated its boycott of NORPAC Foods. Afterward, she was hired to be a Community Mobilizer for the Fair Trade Apple Campaign for the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) — a campaign that applied lessons learned in fair trade coffee campaigns to the domestic agricultural sector. She currently organizes janitors for SEIU Local 6, and is a Board Member of STITCH— “a network of women unionists, organizers, and activists that builds connections between Central American and US women organizing for economic justice.”
Rebecca Saldaña discussed her activist experiences in an
interview conducted by Angelita Chavez and Alex Morrow on September
15, 2005. To the right are streaming-video excerpts of the interview.
Video editing by Michael Schulze-Oechtering. Work on this interview was made possible by a grant from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax.