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Yakima farmworker complex biggest in Washington

Yakima’s North First Street will become home to the state’s largest single farmworker rental complex when Valicoff Fruit begins housing guest workers in a former 800-bed hotel next month.


Farmworkers entitled to minimum wage for some tasks, high court says

Washington Supreme Court says farmworkers have the right to minimum wage for tasks not related to picking.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

California farmworker unions win battle to ensure contracts

The California Supreme Court handed a victory to organized farm labor Monday in a lawsuit that pitted the union launched by iconic labor leader Cesar Chavez against one of the …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Strikes, work stoppages in Washington fields indicative of changing agriculture labor environment

Their six-day strike was one of several across Washington state during a turbulent year for labor relations in one of the country’s largest agricultural states. Those strikes highlight some of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Ben & Jerry’s agrees to improve conditions for farmworkers

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s promised Tuesday to improve the pay and working conditions of laborers hired by the farms that provide milk for the Vermont-based company’s quirky flavors.


Ferguson files lawsuit over sexual harassment of farmworkers

The state of Washington is accusing a Quincy agricultural company and one of its managers of sexually harassing female workers and retaliating against workers who complained.


California expands overtime to farmworkers in historic move

Farmworkers in the nation’s largest agricultural state will be entitled to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers under a law that California Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday …


Labor officials give back pay to Washington blueberry workers

Some farmworkers are getting back wages and damages, following the settlement of a labor dispute with some Washington blueberry growers.


Unseen sacrifices

Here’s a group Americans don’t hear about much about during immigration reform debates, according to physician and anthropologist Seth Holmes: immigrants – especially the migrant workers who toil in U.S. …


Clinics, volunteers bring medical care to migrant farmworkers

In the 24 years since President Ronald Reagan signed immigration reform granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants, a generation of farmworkers has helped make Washington tree fruit a $2.5 billion industry. …