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Striking workers told take it or leave

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Striking workers told take it or leave

KGMI News Reporting
By Crystal King, Karen Taylor

BURLINGTON, Wash. – Sakuma Brothers Farms in Skagit County has stopped negotiating with the striking migrant workers.

Community to Community Development, which represents the workers at the fruit farm, says farm executives told the workers Wednesday that they need to either accept the $3.50 rate per flat box of berries, or they need to leave.

In the past week, more than 200 migrant workers went on strike twice and had tried to negotiate a fairer wage and better treatment.

A previous call to Sakuma Brothers Farms for comment was not returned, but they released a statement earlier this week saying they were “disappointed that the workers had walked off the fields for the second time and continued to change their demands.”