The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), AFL-CIO, is a union of migrant farmworkers in the eastern United States founded by Baldemar Velásquez. Baldemar is a highly respected national and international leader not only in the farm labor movement, but also in the Latino and immigrant rights movements.
Baldemar’s vision and convictions continue to drive the efforts of FLOC in winning justice for migrant workers. He has become a recognized grass-roots leader and diplomat in the farm labor movement, immigrant rights movement, and social justice movements in the U.S. and around the world. His creativity and commitment to justice and human dignity have led to recognition by many labor, government, academic, and progressive organizations, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, a Development of People Award by the Campaign for Human Development of the, U.S. Catholic Conference, an Aguila Azteca Award by the Government of México, and an Honorary Doctor of Social Science by Bowling Green State University and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by University of Toledo.