RENO — Nevada César Chávez Day X takes place on March 31 at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
As always, members of César Chávez’s immediate family have been invited, as have Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature’s new Latino Caucus. The legendary labor leader was born March 31, 1927, near Yuma, Ariz.
In accordance with the bi-partisan measure passed by the 2009 legislature, the governor will proclaim March 31 as a day in honor of César Chávez. County Commissioner Kitty Jung has put a similar proclamation on the agenda for the March 27 meeting of the Washoe County commission.
In 2010, the event inaugurated the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame. The first inductee was former Harrah’s bartender Darlene Jespersen, whose wrongful termination legal action became an international cause celébre and is taught in many law schools today.
Honorees in 2011 included 28-year former Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas. A member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357/AFL-CIO for more than half a century, Price and his wife, Nancy, now live in Sparks. Wendy Jones, 50-year former office manager of IBEW Local 401/AFL-CIO, was installed last year, as was her husband, former Nevada Labor Commissioner Stan Jones. The retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 26/AFL-CIO also served as director of the Nevada Employment Security Dept.
Nominations remain open for union organizer, employer and project of the year.
Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Reserved tables for 10 cost $600 purchased on or before March 28 and $725 thereafter.
Individual tickets purchased on or before March 28 cost $65 per person; thereafter or at the door, $75 per person; children under 12 cost $25 each; seniors 65 and older or students (with student ID) purchased on or before March 28 cost $35 per person; purchased March 28 or thereafter, $40 per person.
Tickets can be purchased online at CesarChavezNevada.com or by calling Andrew Barbano at 882-8255. The website has major sponsorship information as well as history and photos dating back to 1986 when Chávez visited Reno.