Familias Unidas por la Justicia Announce Next Steps after Historic Win

WhyHunger partner Community to Community Development (C2C) and the Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) just announced an important victory in their struggle against Driscoll’s Berries to achieve farmworker justice for the workers at Berry Farm. We congratulate them on this win and look forward to more! 

Here is the announcement:  

Today, 9/22, Edgar Franks, organizer with Community to Community Development (C2C), the support organization for Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) reported on historic next steps following the culimination of FUJ’s organizing campaign. The farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm voted in a historic secret ballot election to have Familias Unidas por la Justicia represent them in negotiations for a union contract – the vote represents years of organizing and signals a new era for farmworker justice.

Franks emphasized the historic nature of the win –

“FUJ represents over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers at Sakuma Bros. Berry, and is the first farmworker union led by indigenous workers. Despite hardships, workers have shattered stereotypes by organizing across languages and identity. This is revitalizing the worker movement in Washington state and beyond.”

This win ushers in a new era for farmworker justice internationally as Sakuma Bros., who supplies to Driscoll’s Berries, is the largest berry distributor in the world. What does the future hold for Driscoll’s suppliers worldwide?

Because FUJ has entered into a new negotiations process with Sakuma Bros. Berry, they have called for an end to their boycott of Driscolls and Sakuma products. Meanwhile, workers and consumers around the world have mobilized – including farm workers who supply to Driscolls in San Quintin, Mexico. As Familias Unidas por la Justicia doubles down in their union negotiations, C2C and other supporting organizations have stepped up to continue organizing and movement building in the food system to win justice for farm workers across the food chain in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, as Franks outlined:

“With limited resources, look what we’ve accomplished. We were able to support historic wins in the courtroom and a 77% majority union vote victory for FUJ. Imagine if you supported us.”

To continue the momentum towards a system wide change, those formerly participating in consumer actions and building the movement for farm worker justice in Washington State are asked to stay tuned for next steps by checking Community to Community’s Facebook page and Familias Unidas’ new website. What is most needed now is financial support to Community to Community Development.

Calondra McArthur