farm workers

berry pickers on strike
5:22 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington

Workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms say they make less than minimum wage on the rates they earn picking berries by the flat.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photo KPLU News

For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm have walked off the job.

The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at Sakuma Brothers Farms 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.

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farm workers
4:35 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Wash. farm fined $1 million for using illegal immigrants

A Washington state organic farm has been fined $1 million for firing, then rehiring illegal immigrants following a federal audit.

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farm workers
11:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Northwest farmers cheer federal reversal on child labor rules

Don Beck is a hay and cattle farmer outside of Post Falls, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 5:04 pm

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. But child safety advocates say the fierce opposition was based on faulty information.

Politicians from farm and ranch country called the regulations an attack on family farms, going as far to say the rules could outlaw chores and 4-H for farm kids.

However, the regulations specifically exempted children working on farms owned or operated by their parents.

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farm workers
3:13 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Feds: Washington farm rehired illegal immigrants

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 — paid them cash and asked them to work at night — because production began to plummet.

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