Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.
Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) took part in a mobile health clinic event on Aug. 4 at Nature Fresh Farms near Toledo, Ohio. There, farm workers received general checkups, physicals and COVID-19 vaccinations. Farm workers said they greatly appreciated the chance to receive treatment closer to where they live and work.
“Thanks to our collective bargaining agreements, we created this mobile health clinic and it’s been ongoing for 30 years,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez. In addition to the mobile clinic, the union has vaccinated some 6,000 community members at its union hall in Toledo. “Our theme has always been to get the vaccine to the people, as opposed to making them find it on their own.”