Next week will be "Cambridge United Farm Workers Week," as a result of an unusual show of unity by the city council Monday. After only a five-minute discussion, the council voted unanimously to endorse the efforts of the United Farm Workers Union.
The council resolution, submitted by liberal Councilor David A. Wylie, also ordered the city manager to suspend all city purchases of boycotted grapes and lettuce.
In a brief address to the council, Louis B. Studer, a member of the Cambridge Committee to Support Farm Workers, urged the council to help "end the oppression and exploitation" of the farm worker.
After the vote, John E. McHale, another Cambridge Committee organizer, told The Crimson that Wylie sponsored the measure largely because UFW organizers had worked on Wylie's November campaign for the council. One of the organizers is also a close neighbor of Wylie's McHale said.
Wylie gave the reason differently: "I'm entering the resolution because next week is part of a nationwide drive to support the migrant farm worker."