The workers at Sakuma Berry Farms north of Seattle are on strike – the fourth strike against the company this season.
The company has gone back on its promises of wage increases, and fired Ramon Torres, the leader of the workers’ organization, Familias Unidas para la Justicia.
Boycott picketlines have gone up at the company’s processing plant, and in front of stores in Seattle.
Now the company may be moving security guards into the labor camp where the strikers live. The workers need your help now:
Call Sakuma Farms, and tell them:
Sit down and negotiate with the workers.
Rehire Ramon Torres.
Stop harassing workers in the labor camp.
Guarantee the jobs of the striking workers, this season and next.
Sakuma sells a lot of strawberries for Haagen Dasz ice cream, which is owned by Nestle Foods. Call Nestle, and tell them they are in violation of their principles of social responsibility. They need to tell Sakuma Farms the same thing – sit down with the workers.
Sakuma Farms berries are sold under the Driscoll label. Driscoll needs to do the same thing – to tell Sakuma Farms to sit down and talk.
September 17, 2013 Contact: Matt Adams, NWIRP: 206-957-8611 Doug Honig, ACLU: 206-624-2184In a victory for fair treatment of immigrants, Pierce County Superior Court has found that local law enforcement officers cannot prolong a detention to question individuals about their immigration status, citizenship status, and/or country of origin.The ruling came in a lawsuit (Ramirez-Rangel v. Kitsap County) filed in January 2012 by the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project on behalf of three individuals who were unlawfully detained so that Kitsap County Sheriffs could question them about and investigate their immigration status. In its Order, the Court gave guidance to all local law enforcement by finding that the Washington State Constitution “forbids local enforcement officers from prolonging a detention to investigate or engage in questioning about an individual’s immigration statute, citizenship status and/or national origin.” Read more
There is a real critical need today and tomorrow to call Sakuma Brothers Farms and demand that they negotiate a contract with the farm workers. The berries are ready to pick, the berry pickers are on strike, and Sakuma Bros Farms is refusing to negotiate.