Press Release: Sakuma Bros. Farm breeches reprisal/retaliation agreement with Striking farmworkers, moves security guards into labor camps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rosalinda Guillen
Community to Community Development
Phone (360) 738-0893
decomunidad@qwestoffice.net 203 W. Holly, Ste 317
Bellingham, WA 98225

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Mobile inspection unit at entrance of labor camp 2. Photo by Familias Unidas por la Justicia.

Burlington, WA, September 18, 2013: Yesterday, Familias Unidas por la Justicia organizing Committee members reached out to Sakuma Bros. Farms executives to return to the negotiation table. Familias Unidas por la Justicia offered to meet as soon as possible with written proposals on a limited number of topics essential to reaching an agreement and to ending the boycott and strike. However Sakuma executives responded with a show of force. Sakuma Bros. Farm moved Transworld Security Systems agents to the entrances of three labor camps and began patrolling the farmworker labor camp last night.

Familias Unidas por la Justicia views this as yet another breech of a written agreement signed by John Sakuma on August 14, 2013 not to use security guards to intimidate or harass workers for their participation or association with Familias Unidas por la Justicia. Following the written agreement, Sakuma Bros. Farm and Unidas por la Justicia also entered a verbal accord that security personnel would be providing security only at the administrative offices and processing plant and not at the homes of the farmworkers or in the field, unless first discussed with the Committee.

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Transworld Security Systems agent mobile inspection unit at Sakuma Bros. processing plant. Photo by Rosalinda Guillen.

In an effort to bring the Sakuma management to the negotiation table, farmworkers are setting a boycott line at noon today at the Seattle Uwajimaya, 600 5th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104, and at the Haggen Dazs retail store in the University District.

Attached: August 14, 2013 Agreement.

8 14 13 Agreement

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