farm workers 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 Wash. farm fined $1 million for using illegal immigrants http://kplu.org/post/wash-farm-fined-1-million-using-illegal-immigrants <p>A Washington state organic farm has been fined $1 million for firing, then rehiring illegal immigrants following a federal audit.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 23:35:03 +0000 The Associated Press 4902 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers cheer federal reversal on child labor rules http://kplu.org/post/northwest-farmers-cheer-federal-reversal-child-labor-rules Northwest farm groups are cheering a federal decision this week to dump proposed child labor rules. The Department of Labor decided to withdraw the plan after it received thousands of comments opposing the change. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:12:54 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4875 at http://kplu.org Northwest farmers cheer federal reversal on child labor rules Feds: Washington farm rehired illegal immigrants http://kplu.org/post/feds-washington-farm-rehired-illegal-immigrants <p>Federal prosecutors say a Washington state herb farm forced to fire more than 200 illegal immigrants because of a government audit, rehired dozens of those workers &mdash; paid them cash and asked them to work at night &mdash; because production began to plummet.</p><p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:13:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4831 at http://kplu.org