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Skagit berry pickers end second strike against farm

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Skagit berry pickers end second strike against farm

Migrant workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Skagit County returned to work today after negotiating a higher wage for picking berries.

Goskagit.com reports that after several hours of negotiations yesterday, the farms owners agreed to pay 37 cents for every pound of berries picked.

A negotiator for the workers says that should allow even the slowest picker to earn at least 12 dollars per hour.

He says discussions over housing and treatment by supervisors will continue.

Those issues also helped push the workers to walk off the job twice over the last couple of weeks.