This collection includes materials collected and produced by journalist Elizabeth Schilling in the course of researching and
reporting on the Watsonville canneries strike between 1985 and 1988. Materials include Schilling's research and interview
notes; newspaper clippings documenting the strike and its aftermath; flyers, leaflets, newsletters, and press releases from
Teamsters Local 912, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Shaw's, Watsonville Canning and Frozen Foods Co, and community supporters;
legal materials; and research materials documenting the food processing industry and Wells Fargo's lending activities in the
agricultural and food processing industries.
Elizabeth Schilling was a journalist for the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian.The Watsonville canneries strike was a strike by over 1,000 food processing workers at Watsonville Canning and Frozen Foods
Co and Richard A. Shaw Co. in Watsonville, California between 1985 and 1987. Watsonville, California, then a city of 30,000,
was a major center for frozen food processing in the United States. By the mid-1980s, Latinas represented a majority of food
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