November 12th, 2014
Despite the cold, protestors handed information to pedestrians and cyclists in front of the QFC at Broadway and Pine in Seattle, regarding Sakuma Brothers berry farm mistreatment of workers.
In the summer of 2013, the Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Skagit County experienced a strike, as farm workers walked off the job for better treatment. Their issues ranged from wage theft, harassment, and abuse from their employers. At one point, Sakuma was willing to negotiate with the workers, but after reaching an agreement on a new price rate, Sakuma backed out and sent private security forces to the worker’s camps and the fields. A Skagit County judge ruled the event to be a violation of Washington State labor law.
Because of Sakuma’s broken agreement, the farm workers asked the public to boycott Sakuma and Discroll’s (a major purchaser of Sakuma berries) until the labor dispute has been resolved. The workers are acting through their union, Familias Unidas Por La Justicia (FUJ) to gain a contract recognizing their union.
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