Demand met, but strike continues at Skagit Co farm

Demand met, but strike continues at Skagit Co farm

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Demand met, but strike continues at Skagit Co farm

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 3:34 PM

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- While one of their demands was met, farmworkers from a Skagit County farm say Saturday they will continue their walk off through the weekend.

But the owner of Sakuma Farms told the Skagit Valley Herald he expected some of them to work Sunday.

More than 200 farmworkers walked off the job on Thursday to protest the firing of a co-worker who complained about wages. They also demanded higher pay per pound of and breaks during the workday.

The newspaper reported

the fired worker was reinstated on Friday. But talks didn't touch on the wage demands.

The workers want 70 cents per pound of berries picked. Their current wage is 30 cents per pound.

Farm owner Steve Sakuma says the wage increase is something the farm can't handle financially.

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