Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) members turned out Thursday night to overwhelmingly ratify the tentative collective bargaining agreement presented by their negotiations committee. After an overview of the contract the Mixteco and Triqui hand harvesters, men and women, lined up to cast their ballots. Official vote counters Jeff Johnson President of the WA State Labor Council and Steve Garey former President of the Steelworkers Local 12-591 tallied the vote and announced it was over 85% in favor of ratifying the tentative agreement.
Sakuma Bros Berry Farm and Familias Unidas por la Justicia’s representatives signed the collective bargaining agreement Thursday afternoon making it official as of today.
The harvesting season will begin soon with contractual benefits for members of FUJ hand harvesting the berries. Among the benefits union members will receive is an average $15 an hour wage. Ramon Torres FUJ President said,
"This is a historic victory for all our members that harvest berries, they are happy to be working at Sakuma Farms with a union contract, everybody is ready to get to work, there will soon be union berries in the marketplace!"
C2C would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers and members who enabled us to walk in solidarity with FUJ over these last four years. Because of you we are one step closer to a food system that is fair, just, and healthy for all people.
To read a summary of the historic contract, visit Familias Unidas por La Justicia's website: familiasunidasjusticia.org