University of Washington discontinues grape boycott on January 27, 1969.

  • By Alan J Stein
  • Posted 5/31/1999
  • Essay 1177

On January 27, 1969, the University of Washington resumes selling grapes at its food concessions in response to pressure by campus Young Republicans.

Eleven days earlier, the selling of grapes was discontinued at UW due to requests from the United Mexican-American Students as part of a national boycott. The nationwide effort was led by Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers Union against table-grape growers, protesting the rights and poor working conditions among Mexican American and Latino farmworkers.

The national boycott lasted until 1970, when growers finally agreed to allow farmworkers the right to collectively bargain.



Walt Crowley, Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995), 265.

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