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ERIC Number: ED244767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-7
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Midwestern Farmworkers (1983). Project Summary.
Barger, Ken; Reza, Ernesto
In 1983, personal interviews with 38 adult, Mexican American, migrant farmworker, male heads of households working tomato crops in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan revealed living and working conditions and views and involvement regarding labor rights and the farmworker movement among the estimated 65,000 Midwestern migrant farmworkers. Interview data were organized into 10 sets of findings: general farmwork experience, health, life well-being and stress, locus of control, social supports, experience in the Midwest, living and working conditions, views on farmworker labor rights, views about the farmworker movement, and demographic background. Most farmworkers were from Texas (63%) and Florida (34%) and were American citizens (89%). Average age was 36 years, family size - 5.6 persons, education level - 6.8 years, 1982 income - $6,447, time worked in farm labor -18.9 years, and annual employment in farmwork in the Midwest - 3.4 months. Although 42% experienced above average health problems, a doctor had not been seen in an average of 26.3 months. While farmworkers had little meaningful interaction with people outside work settings, they perceived that they generally experienced worse housing, sanitation, and education than other Midwesterners. Over 20% belonged to United Farm Workers; 99% endorsed farmworker labor rights; and 32% had actively supported the movement and participated in movement events. References are listed and survey results are presented. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Michigan; Ohio