- Farm workers had been in dispute with Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm for the past several years before reaching a contract in June of 2017. While the workers won a settlement in court in 2014, the workers claim Sakuma Brothers did not made good on those promises and continue to violate work contracts. Their demands included: a fair wage, better working conditions, and better living conditions for migrant workers. Sakuma Brothers insisted that their wages are fair and in line or higher than industry standards. Many of the workers organized under a new union called Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) to increase their collective bargaining power and negotiate the current collective bargaining agreement.
- Research the negotiations between Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) farm workers’ union and the Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm. How do you think the cultural backgrounds of the two parties affect negotiations? When the farm workers voted to form a union, how do you think that affected their negotiations with Sakuma Brothers? How would things change if this was occurring right now?
- Respond to at least one of your classmates. Do you agree with their assessment of unions and their tactics, especially with FUJ? Provide sources to support your response.
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