July 20, 2016 Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Here is the text of the press release post from the Familias Unidas por la Justicia Facebook page:
For Immediate Release July 20, 2016
Farmworkers Walk Out of Sakuma Fields- Workers Ask for Fair Wages Again
Burlington, WA- Ramon Torres president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), independent union, reported today close to 200 workers walked out of the Sakuma fields with growing frustration about the price per pound, and decreasing number of hours allowed to pick.
A smaller number of workers, members of FUJ, stayed behind trying to negotiate with Danny Weeden CEO of Sakuma Bros berries Farm. “Again we can’t say it often enough we need to negotiate a union contract to end the instability created by the piece rate wage process,” said Ramon Torres.
FUJ is an independent farmworker union in Burlington WA with 500 members fighting for a union contract with Sakuma Farms to ensure living wage salaries, fair treatment, respect and dignity of farmworkers