April 8 Farmworker Events: Familias Unidas por la Justicia

familias unidas por la justiciaOur offering on Sunday April 3 will go to benefit Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent farmworker union. The following information is directly from the union’s website, and has been lightly edited.

For almost three years now farmworker families at Sakuma Brothers Farm have been fighting for an end to systemic wage theft, poverty wages, hostile working conditions, and unattainable production standards. Production standards were so high that even the fastest workers were making less than minimum wage. When worker was fired for asking for a higher wage, workers went on strike. The strike led to the formation of an independent farm worker union (Familias Unidas por la Justicia) and formal negotiations with the company management to resolve the many grievances workers brought forth. The workers are asking for a union contract that ensures that agreements reached are legally binding.

The workers are in San Diego this week as part of their month-long tour throughout Oregon and California to build a boycott and win union contracts for berry pickers in both Washington State and San Quintin Mexico.

Learn More:

Rev. Sharon and Chalice’s immigrant justice team urge you to consider attending these events and learning more about the Driscoll’s berry boycott:

10:00 AM Press Conference at Vista Costco
Location address: 1755 Hacienda Dr, Vista, CA 92081

12:00 PM Speaker’s Panel at Cal State University San Marcos
Location address: Markstein Hall 125, 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096

6:30 PM Community Forum and Speaker’s Panel at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Location address: 1600 Buena Vista Dr, Vista, CA 92081