Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski on the Passing of Helen Chavez
The quiet strength and perseverance of Helen Chavez was often overshadowed by the iconic work of her late husband Cesar, but there’s no doubt she was as foundational to the farmworker movement as any leader.
While Cesar, Dolores Huerta and others were on the road championing a burgeoning movement, Helen stayed behind to raise a family and served as the heart and soul of the United Farm Workers union. To this day, her mark on labor organizing and farmworkers’ rights remains indelible.
While we join workers everywhere in mourning her passing, we are heartened by what she leaves behind. She was tireless in her love and support for all of those who joined the farmworkers’ movement. Her passion for justice never wavered, even during the toughest of times. Today we celebrate Helen’s life, remember her contributions to labor and recommit to upholding the legacy and advancing the movement that she, Cesar, Dolores and so many others fought so hard to build.