Familias Unidas por la Justicia is a member-run, independent union of farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farms in Burlington, WA. They are still struggling for decent wages and housing, even though they have now won a union election at Sakuma. Whatcom-Skagit IWW walked their picket lines, raised funds, and organized informational pickets in support of the boycott of Sakuma berries (distributed by Driscoll Berries).
United Steelworkers Strike, Tesoro Refinery, Anacortes, Feb-March 2015. Our members walked the line in all kinds of weather until the workers got their new contract.
St. Joseph’s Hospital Strike, April 2015. Union workers, seeking to pressure hospital managers to negotiate, called a one-day strike. We were there. The bosses said they couldn’t afford to meet any of the worker’s demands- but they COULD affort to sign a 3-day contract with a union-busting company to supply temporary staff. That backfired, and the union, affiliated with SEIU 1199 NW, won a first-ever contract with the hospital.