The arrival of the July 4th Holiday marked the completion of the 2014 strawberry harvest and another outpouring of community support for Sakuma Brothers Farms. Mother Nature worked her magic this season with near perfect growing conditions that helped develop beautiful, great tasting berries that were in high demand among consumers stopping at the Market Stand or shopping in numerous grocery stores locally and beyond.
Clearly based on recent public displays of support, the local community understands and appreciates the efforts by the Sakuma family over the past year to provide workers with jobs that provide some of the industry’s highest wages and free housing. The growing support from the community is real, it is broad and growing. Given this, last week the company opened up one of the last strawberry fields to the public to pick their own berries for free as a small sign of appreciation for their support. Even this gesture of kindness by the company to support the community was met with more court actions by the union activists.
Hiring local workers was the top priority for Sakuma Brothers Farms as the season progressed and more berries ripened for picking. Despite continued antics by the labor activists to attempt to destroy the Sakuma family’s reputation, more than 150 local pickers were hired, the harvest progressed smoothly and demand for berries was strong.
More good news occurred just prior to the start of the holiday weekend when a Washington State Superior Court judge denied a request by the union front group to force Sakuma Brothers Farms to immediately hire workers for the upcoming blueberry harvest and house their families in the company’s free housing. Hiring for the blueberry season will occur later in the month as the blueberry harvest nears.
The July 4th holiday provided local residents in Skagit Valley another opportunity to show their support for Sakuma Brothers Farms. At the Logger Rodeo Parade in Sedro-Woolley, the longest running Fourth of July celebration in Washington State, the Farm Bureau’s parade entry supported Sakuma Brothers Farms. Behind a cavalcade of trucks and tractors, farmers, families and supporters marched together to demonstrate their support for Sakuma Brothers Farms and were cheered on by thousands along the parade route.
While the company has made numerous changes to the way it does business, the union front group continues to make unrealistic demands that fail to recognize the efforts of the company. Their resistance to work with Sakuma Brothers Farms and their continued calls for a boycott are clearly frustrating the local community.
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