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Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Familias Unidas por La Justicia ends Sakuma Farms boycott, unionization vote scheduled

Read­ers, here’s some very encour­ag­ing news from our broth­ers and sis­ters at Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia that we just received min­utes ago:

Dear Sup­port­ers:

As of today, Saku­ma Broth­ers Farms and Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia have mutu­al­ly agreed to con­duct a secret bal­lot elec­tion with­in the next 8 days. The elec­tion will deter­mine if the employ­ees want to be rep­re­sent­ed by Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia in col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing with Saku­ma Farms. Thanks to your tire­less efforts we are enter­ing into this next phase of our union’s devel­op­ment with hope and deter­mi­na­tion. At this time we are call­ing for an end of the boy­cott, and all boy­cott activ­i­ties. Out of respect for the process and our mem­o­ran­dum of under­stand­ing with the com­pa­ny please do not con­tact past, present or poten­tial cus­tomers, pur­chasers, sell­ers or users of prod­ucts com­ing from Saku­ma Bros Berry Farm to con­vey crit­i­cism of any and all aspects of Sakuma’s busi­ness and operations.

Please stay tuned at the Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia Face­book page for updates.


Ramon Tor­res
Felimon Pineda

In Span­ish:

A todos los que nos han apoyado,

A par­tir de hoy, Saku­ma Broth­ers Farms y Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia han acor­da­do de man­era mutua lle­var a cabo una elec­ción de bole­ta sec­re­ta den­tro de los próx­i­mos 8 días. La elec­ción será para deter­mi­nar si los emplea­d­os serán rep­re­sen­ta­dos por Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia en una nego­ciación por un con­tra­to colec­ti­vo de tra­ba­jo con Saku­ma Farms. Gra­cias por todos sus esfuer­zos incans­ables, esta­mos entran­do a esta nue­va fase del desar­rol­lo de nues­tra unión con esper­an­za y deter­mi­nación. En este momen­to esta­mos lla­man­do a un fin del boicot y a todas las activi­dades del boicot. Por respeto a este pro­ce­so y a nue­stro mem­o­ran­do de entendimien­to con la com­pañía favor de no con­tac­tar a clientes ante­ri­ores, actuales o en poten­cia, com­pradores, vende­dores o usuar­ios de los pro­duc­tos de Saku­ma Bros Berry Farm y no criticar uno o todos los aspec­tos del nego­cio y opera­ciones de Sakuma.

Man­tén­ganse al tan­to de Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­ca a través de eta pági­na para más actualizaciones.

Ramon Torres
Felimon Pineda

The Boy­cott Saku­ma web­site has also been updat­ed with this mes­sage.

Democ­ra­cy Now, host­ed by Amy Good­man, aired an excel­lent seg­ment back in May which reviewed the his­to­ry of this labor dis­pute. If you haven’t been fol­low­ing FUJ’s work, read the tran­script or lis­ten to the show to put today’s news into context.

Marching to Sakuma

March­ing to Saku­ma: NFWM Board Meet­ing in Belling­ham, WA with Famil­ias Unidas por la Jus­ti­cia, July 10th-11th, 2015 (Pho­to: Alexan­dria Jonas/National Farm Work­er Min­istry. Repro­duced under a Cre­ative Com­mons license.)

We con­grat­u­late Famil­ias Unidas por La Jus­ti­cia on get­ting to this point. This tru­ly is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone — and very fit­ting news for a Labor Day Eve!

We hope to soon extend our con­grat­u­la­tions to Saku­ma’s striv­ing work­ers and to FUJ on a suc­cess­ful union­iza­tion vote in the near future.

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