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Labor leader Dolores Huerta arrested in worker demonstration

Dolores Huerta
Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 18:28:15-04

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Labor leader Dolores Huerta has been arrested along with seven other union members during a protest to demand a raise for Fresno county home care workers.

The Fresno Bee reports sheriff deputies put Huerta and the others in plastic handcuffs and removed them Tuesday from the entrance to the Board of Supervisors chambers, where supervisors were holding a closed meeting.

Huerta and members of the Service Employees International Union 2015 were chanting and ringing cowbells outside the meeting when they were arrested after failing to disperse.

The union says county caregivers make minimum wage, which is $12, and have not received a raise in 10 years.

The 89-year-old Huerta has been jailed nearly two dozen times for union demonstrating. She co-founded the National Farmworkers Association with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com