Saturday March 29th, several representatives from Familias Unidas por la Justicia (Familias United for justice) with 20+ Western Washington University students (WWU Students for Farm worker Justice) standing in solidarity, picketed outside of The Food Pavilion in Lynden, Washington. They were there protesting the presence of Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms products on the shelves, as well as Haagen Dazs who uses the farm’s berries for their strawberry flavor ice cream.
The workers from Familias Unidas have been on a year long strike protesting wage theft, dismal wages, racist working environments, and Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms’ move to hire H2A guest workers to replace the existing workforce. They are fighting for a union contract guaranteeing them better wages, no retaliation for the strike, as well as not replacing them with guest workers. According to the law, the farm CANNOT hire guest workers during a strike, though they continue to push the application.
We are reaching out to you all to help spread the word and join in the boycotting of Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms products until the workers have gained a binding contract guaranteeing just working conditions.
Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms @ 360-757-6611
Haagen Dazs @ 800-767-0120
Please contact them and let them know that as conscientious consumers, you cannot purchase their products until Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms improve their practices!
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