LABOR: Plight of Lettuce Eaters

At the Democratic National Convention in July, the phrase "boycott lettuce" became almost a password. It fell fervently from the lips of any number of heads of delegations, and it was finally consummated as a cause when Ted Kennedy, at the peak of convention excitement, began his speech: "Greetings, fellow lettuce boycotters!"

The idea was to spark a boycott of iceberg lettuce—the kind that looks like a head of cabbage—in support of Cesar Chavez's two-year-old strike against growers in California. Chavez, grateful for the Democratic boost, believes that the boycott is beginning to take hold and in fact is doing as...

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