Familias Unidas por la Justicia, Community to Community and Columbia Legal Services have had some amazing successes over the past two plus years. In a true grassroots movement, farm workers in Washington’s Skagit Valley formed their own independent farm worker union, Familias Unidas, to seek living-wages and fair treatment in the fields. When management sought to thwart their efforts, the workers responded with old-school protests and boycotts along with new-millennia social media and enlisted the help of dedicated public interest lawyers to fight for justice.
In nearly all court cases, the courts have sided with the workers in securing better working conditions and the right to organize. Some of those victories include Washington Supreme Court decides that farm workers have a right to be paid for rest breaks, Sakuma Brothers Farm is required to remove the guards from worker’s housing and to refrain from following union members and their supporters on public highways and elsewhere, and Court orders Sakuma to stop retaliating against worker’s who went on strike by denying them work and housing for their kids.
This is their story…
THE BOYCOTT CONTINUES. SOLIDARITY STILL NEEDED: Continue to Increase the Pressure on Sakuma and Driscoll’s Berries. Call & Email Today to Support the Farm Workers at Sakuma Farms.
National Farm Worker Ministry is collecting postcards to send to Sakuma Bros., Driscoll’s & Häagen-Dazs telling them you support Familias Unidas por la Justicia; and to FUJ so the farm workers know that they have your support! Your postcards strengthen our collective voice calling for justice for the farm workers of FUJ. Click here to Print, Sign and Send postcards to National Farm Worker Ministry. NFWM will mail your postcards on.
BOYCOTT THESE PRODUCTS UNTIL THE FARMWORKERS OF FAMILIAS UNIDAS HAVE A UNION CONTRACT. Calling for a boycott of these products that the workers help produce—and earn a living from—is not something that is done lightly. Let your dollars do the talking: Spend them elsewhere when you buy berry products.
ATTN: Boycott is Succeeding! We are Growing! Website under construction to improve communication. – Liisa