Fruit warehouse strikers will deliver labor complaints, demand state intervention
OLYMPIA (May 26, 2020) — For three weeks, brave workers at multiple fruit-packing warehouses in the Yakima Valley have been on strike for improved workplace safety amid the coronavirus outbreak, greater transparency over COVID-19 cases at their facilities, hazard pay, and freedom from retaliation by their employers. This morning, they are taking their demands to the leaders of Washington state government.
A Caravan with United Workers, organized by Familias Unidas por La Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union affiliated with the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, departed from Yakima this morning and will arrive at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries headquarters, 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater, at 10 a.m. to present labor complaints against their employers. At 1 p.m. the caravan will arrive at the Governor’s Mansion on the State Capitol campus to demand a response and intervention in the ongoing strikes. Afterwards, they will return to the Yakima Valley to their picket lines.
All are invited and encouraged to support these workers by meeting the caravan — and joining it — at these stops. Get updates on the caravan’s progress on FUJ’s Facebook page.
For more information about how you can support these workers, click here.