BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Farm-labor advocacy groups are furious after a District Court judge in Bellingham slashed the fine to $35,000 on Tuesday for a berry farm accused of unsafe working conditions, after a worker there collapsed and died last August.
February 1, 2018 Edgar Franks
In the thick of Donald Trump’s first year as President, the U.S. labor movement scored an improbable victory.
The workers are mostly indigenous Mixtec and Triqui immigrants from Mexico, living in predominantly white, conservative rural counties famous as historic breeding grounds for the Ku Klux Klan. Continue reading
October 11, 2017 Dena Jensen
Subject: Further perspective on ordinances to protect members of our undocumented immigrant community
Dear Whatcom County Council and Bellingham City Council:
I wrote to all of you last week regarding creating ordinances that would provide more protections for members of our undocumented immigrant community. I recently had a local government official share their perspective on that letter with me. In this case, it doesn’t matter who made the statements because I think portions of the perspective expressed to me were similar to those I have heard expressed at council meetings. Continue reading
August 7, 2017 Community to Community Development
Bellingham, WA- After learning of the death of fellow worker Ernesto Silva Ibarra, who requested medical care from his employer Sarbanand Farms and not receiving it, guest workers recently fired for trying to organize, will march tomorrow [Tuesday, August 8, 2017] to the company’s management office in Sumas to demand accountability for Ernesto’s death, as well as to demand pay of their owed wages, and renewal of their expired visas for which the company is responsible. Continue reading
February 22, 2017 Wendy Harris
Will the council approve a Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) that does not comply with the GMA? It is looking more and more likely. I am sick to my stomach thinking that after just one “general issues” work session, council will be ready to vote on the updated Critical Area Ordinance. It really did not help that few people participated, but how could they when there was no real training provided on such a technical issue? Perhaps if the CAO was not improperly separated from the Comp. Plan update, it would have been easier to obtain public input. Continue reading
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- Continue reading
June 10, 2016 Press Release, Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Increase Gained Not Enough
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Members Will Continue the Fight for Fair Wages and Union Contract Continue reading
May 30, 2016 Sandy Robson
On May 19, 2016, I called Whole Foods Pacific Northwest Regional office and asked to speak to Joe Rogoff, President of the Pacific Northwest Region. I wanted to speak to him about the new Whole Foods Market store that opened in Bellingham, Washington, on May 11, 2016, and the protest by a delegation of farm workers and their supporters from the local community, that occurred during the store’s grand opening ceremony. Continue reading
Why isn’t The Bellingham Herald reporting on this important issue that other news media is reporting on?
The farmworkers/Sakuma Farms issue is not simply a Skagit issue, especially because many wholesale farmers in Whatcom County are customers of Sakuma Farms. Continue reading