Before Fidel Sanchez led protest marches this month against growers in Baja California, he fought for higher wages from tomato farmers in Florida.
Justino Herrera, who dons an Army fatigue jacket during labor talks, once led a work stoppage against an abusive labor contractor in Oregon.
Eloy Fernandez said he draws from his union organizing experience in California to keep angry protesters in San Quintin from resorting to violence.
"People get rowdy, but we don't want that," Fernandez, who helps run a makeshift camp of striking laborers outside a government building, said Thursday. "We just want to show our presence. To show the government that we are...