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SAKUMA FARMWORKERS VOTE YES FOR THEIR UNION – HISTORIC UNION ELECTION!
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Farmworkers at Sakuma Bros Berry Farm voted Monday, September 12, in a historic secret ballot election to have Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) represent them in negotiations for a union contract.
FUJ represents over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm and formed on July 11th, 2013 with the hopes of securing a better future for hand harvesters in the local berry fields of Whatcom and Skagit County. On Monday September 12, the local independent farm worker union won a historic secret ballot election with a 77% majority, ushering in a new era for farmworker justice in WA State.
FUJ is the second independent farmworker union to form in WA in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers.
After Sakuma Bros Berry Farm agreed to a union election, FUJ worked with them to jointly develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a fair election process resulting in yesterday’s win.
“This win is a win for all farmworkers, ” said Ramon Torres, President of FUJ, “now we will be getting ready for a union contract negotiation process.”
“We want to thank all our supporters that helped made this victory happen,” said Felimon Pineda, Vice President of FUJ, adding “and we are looking forward to a new and productive relationship with Sakuma.”
Visit FUJ facebook page for pictures and video of Monday’s historic event; please credit the source when using any pictures, videos or materials.
As of today, September 4, we have officially agreed to an election and negotiation process for a collective bargaining agreement with Sakuma Bros Berry Farm. Thanks to your tireless efforts we are entering into this next phase of our union’s development with hope and determination. At this time we are calling for an end of the boycott, and all boycott activities. Out of respect for the process and our memorandum of understanding with the company please do not contact past, present or potential customers, purchasers, sellers or users of products coming from Sakuma Bros Berry Farm to convey criticism of any and all aspects of Sakuma’s business and operations.
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