Boycott Sakuma Berries

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.

Picture created by Alexandria Jonas of National Farm Worker Ministry

Picture created by Alexandria Jonas of National Farm Worker Ministry

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.





Photo by James Leder

Photo by James Leder

ATTN: Boycott is Succeeding!  We are Growing!  Website under construction to improve communication.  – Liisa

29 Responses to Boycott Sakuma Berries

  1. frallen2002 says:

    Whatever objections anyone might raise about the practicality of the living wage, I can see no justification for the piece rate system under which these workers work. If anyone can, I’d be willing to listen, but meanwhile Driscoll’s and Hagen Daz, etc.are off my shopping list.

  2. JUAN DELPOZO says:

    juan says; from the ilwu in san Francisco during the just passed pensioners convention they convened and held a rally at the whole foods California street store. we support the sakuma farm workers thru resolutions at our just concluded international convention. WHOLE FOODS in California talks a good talk about fair trade at the source and better conditions for workers and yet the DRISCOLL BRAND is still on the shelves. also the driscoll brand needs to distinguish on their label whether the produce came from California or the affected farms in the pacific northwest. we in the I.L.W.U. have a proud history of supporting the calif farmworkers now and during the cesar chavez era. and finally with a boycott and job action the familias unidas needs to keep in touch with the I.L.W.U. west coast and particulary with the union locals in the pacific northwest. FRATERNALLY YOURS, JUAN DELPOZO, I.L.W.U. LOCAL #34 SHIP CLERKS ASSOCIATION, SAN FRANCISCO,CALIF. PLEASE KEEP US ADVISED ON INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ONGOING STRUGGLE. SOLIDARITY FOREVER.

  3. David Durbin says:

    is there a good source of union picked berries?

  4. Brad Beach says:

    I have spoken with Metropolitan Market ( WA ) and they don’t seem very interested in the FUJ labor dispute. As of yesterday, 9/10/15, they were still selling Driscolls branded berries.

  5. Sara Matlin says:

    I was under the mistaken impression that the Sakuma/Driscoll boycott was over. I’ll stop buying Driscoll’s (again), and I’ll tell my friend in the produce department at Piazza’s (a small grocery chain in San Mateo County, CA).

    • moderator says:

      Thank you Sara. Yes, the boycott continues until the farm workers are able to secure a union contract with Sakuma Bros Farm.

  6. Kelly says:

    Why should we not purchase these berries from these companies. What is going on?

    • necalli says:

      Dear Kelly,

      There has been a labor dispute at Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc. that began in July of 2013. Since then, striking farm workers have formed a union called Familias Unidas por la Justicia. That worker organization represents the migrant labor force that has worked for the company for over a decade has led 8 strikes and launched an international boycott against Sakuma Berries until the farm owners do the right thing and negotiate a union contract with the workers. The farm has lost half a dozen lawsuits brought by the labor union over wage and hour violations, abuse, retaliation, and unlawful housing practices targeting the unionized farm workers. The workers continue their boycott against the company and it’s production contracts and request that any consumers that believe in justice for farm workers to observe the boycott. This page has a list of places where boycott volunteers have documented the selling of Sakuma Berries under different labels. Thanks for your support!

  7. Delaney Piper says:

    Also in Seattle, Central Co-op has been selling Driscoll.

  8. Thriftway on Vashon is selling Dirscoll’s Berries now having no more visible Sakuma boxes of berries since talking to the manager and owner. I will keep talking to them. Thanks for this great website. I will check IGA again as well which was selling Sakuma and Driscoll’s last we talked to the owner. Blessing upon your good work.

  9. La Stephanie says:

    Hi, Living in the Portland, Or area. Are Sakuma berries sold here?

    • necalli says:

      Yes, you will find Sakuma Berries processed and packaged into Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, you may also find Sakuma Berries packaged in Driscoll’s labeled berries.

  10. Laura Friedman says:

    Is this boycott of Driscoll products and Hagen Das still in effect? I read about this from a FB post. I but Driscoll berries all the time and had no idea about the boycott. I live in NYC.

    • necalli says:

      Yes, the farmworkers confirmed that they are picking into Driscoll’s berry labels. Sakuma is also still selling processed berries to Haagen-Dazs. Thanks for supporting the boycott! Please write us and tell us where you find Sakuma Berries so that we can put it up on the website.

      • In early July, I checked with Trudy Bialik in administration at Puget Sound Consumers Coop (PCC) and she sent me an email emphasizing that the PCC does not and will not sell Sakuma Bros. produce. However, I see that they are selling produce in Driscolls’ boxes so they may not know that the farmworkers are picking in Driscolls’ label (all the boxes have a “Watsonville, CA” address).

      • necalli says:

        Thank you for keeping us updated. Yes, Driscoll’s sources its fruit from regional suppliers, Sakuma Bros Farms happens to be one of them. At the moment, Sakuma Bros is picking into blackberry clamshells with the Driscoll’s label. See the label on the front page of the website. Thank you for observing the boycott!

  11. In Seattle, the Puget Sound Consumer Coop stores are selling Driscoll’s berries. I spoke to the Produce guy at the N.E. 65th and 40th N.E. store and he had not heard about a boycott. He wanted info. I’ll give him a flyer.

  12. L N says:

    Whole Foods Roosevelt Store Seattle is expecting Sakuma Brothers berries today, May 29. They have not carried them in past years. Produce Manager did not know of labor controversy.

  13. L N says:

    last week, Central Market Shoreline Store Manager Joel Larway stated that a conference call reported Town + Country Markets will NOT be carrying Sakuma Brothers berries in the “foreseeable future”

  14. Anita says:

    Is there an establish group at the University of Washington to fight for this cause? If so, I would like more information

  15. Anywhere in Yakima, Wenatchee, or surrounding communities that carry these products? We have a group of students here at Central Washington University who would like to organize a protest/boycott outside of a grocery store who carries these products.

    • necalli says:

      Dear Ms. Martinez,

      Thank you for moving forward with the CWU boycott committee. We will be updating you by e-mail soon!

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