Please consider donating to support Familias Unidas por la Justicia through Community Alliance for Global Justice's solidarity campaign!

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) is an independent farmworker union formed in 2013 by workers at Sakuma Berry Farms in Burlington, WA. FUJ is the third independent farmworker union formed in Washington state in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers, representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers. CAGJ activates our members to support FUJ as one of our Solidarity Campaign partners. This summer, CAGJ has a goal of raising $20,000 for FUJ through both individual and organizational donations.

Despite the critical leadership role played by FUJ, their organizers often go months without pay due to funding shortfalls. They have been hit especially hard over the past several months due to members losing income after berries froze late in the season, and the ripple effects of COVID-19. In particular, while their members are “essential workers” and pay taxes, they are not eligible to receive CARES Act relief. 

In May 2020, FUJ staff supported striking workers at six fruit packing plants in Yakima County in Eastern WA for almost a month. Workers were organizing to improve on-the-job COVID-19 safety in Yakima County, which has been suffering from the highest single-county infection rate of coronavirus in Washington state. These historic strikes were ultimately successful, with companies agreeing to recognize worker committees and negotiate in good faith.

Amidst the strikes, FUJ also filed a lawsuit against the State seeking to revise the emergency rules regarding farmworker housing, after months of advocating that the State Departments of Health and Labor and Industries ensure rules are enforceable and in accordance with CDC guidelines. FUJ continues to work on this and other important worker rights issues, supporting one of the most vulnerable groups in our community.

Join CAGJ in demonstrating that workers’ lives are more important than profit!

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Please consider donating to support Familias Unidas por la Justicia through Community Alliance for Global Justice's solidarity campaign!

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) is an independent farmworker union formed in 2013 by workers at Sakuma Berry Farms in Burlington, WA. FUJ is the third independent farmworker union formed in Washington state in 30 years and the first union led by indigenous workers, representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers. CAGJ activates our members to support FUJ as one of our Solidarity Campaign partners. This summer, CAGJ has a goal of raising $20,000 for FUJ through both individual and organizational donations.

Despite the critical leadership role played by FUJ, their organizers often go months without pay due to funding shortfalls. They have been hit especially hard over the past several months due to members losing income after berries froze late in the season, and the ripple effects of COVID-19. In particular, while their members are “essential workers” and pay taxes, they are not eligible to receive CARES Act relief. 

In May 2020, FUJ staff supported striking workers at six fruit packing plants in Yakima County in Eastern WA for almost a month. Workers were organizing to improve on-the-job COVID-19 safety in Yakima County, which has been suffering from the highest single-county infection rate of coronavirus in Washington state. These historic strikes were ultimately successful, with companies agreeing to recognize worker committees and negotiate in good faith.

Amidst the strikes, FUJ also filed a lawsuit against the State seeking to revise the emergency rules regarding farmworker housing, after months of advocating that the State Departments of Health and Labor and Industries ensure rules are enforceable and in accordance with CDC guidelines. FUJ continues to work on this and other important worker rights issues, supporting one of the most vulnerable groups in our community.

Join CAGJ in demonstrating that workers’ lives are more important than profit!