Labor relations http://kplu.org en Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington http://kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-strike-again-burlington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm </span><a href="http://karani.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/huelga-Mixteco-and-Triqui-farmworkers-commence-second-work-stoppage-at-Sakuma-brothers-farms-inc/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have walked off the job</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at <a href="http://sakumabros.com/" target="_blank">Sakuma Brothers Farms</a> in Burlington. Many of those berries are sold to Haagen-Dazs for ice cream. The workers in question have been earning $3.50 per a flat of blueberries, which is about 12 pints. They say they can’t pick them fast enough to earn a fair wage.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:22:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9404 at http://kplu.org Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?' http://kplu.org/post/professors-ask-boeing-staff-do-you-live-eat-and-breathe-your-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A team of professors with the University of Puget Sound wants to know how happy—or unhappy—Boeing workers are. The professors are surveying the company's employees about their attitudes toward work with the goal of turning the research into a book.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9197 at http://kplu.org Professors ask Boeing staff: Do you `live, eat, and breathe your job?' Grocery workers approve new 3-year contract http://kplu.org/post/grocery-workers-approve-new-3-year-contract <P><A href="http://www.ufcw21.org/connect/grocery-workers">Unionized grocery workers</A> in the region say they're glad they didn't have to go on strike.&nbsp; But they say the threat of a massive walk out was what helped them get a new contract they could accept.&nbsp; Votes tallied over the weekend show a resounding 95% approval.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:07:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 284 at http://kplu.org Grocery workers approve new 3-year contract Grocery Workers' Contract Talks Resume http://kplu.org/post/grocery-workers-contract-talks-resume <p>With just a week to go before Thanksgiving, there's new hope in the grocery workers contract dispute.&nbsp; Negotiators are back at the table today&nbsp; after a resounding majority of <a href="http://www.ufcw21.org/node/1696">union members threatened to go on strike</a>.</p><p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:22:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 174 at http://kplu.org Grocery Workers' Contract Talks Resume