Those trying to keep guest workers from having these high value jobs are hurting more than workers and farmers. We are now importing 20% of our food with major increases in food illnesses and pesticide residue. One big reason is the huge gap between what our farmers pay for labor vs. foreign farmers. Our farmers pay 20 times more than foreign competitors and our farmers are losing out. If you care about safe food made in Washington and want to make sure that farm workers are well paid protected, then help us spread the word.
We're importing more food than ever. With it, more pesticides and illnesses.
Rising labor costs in part caused by union activists are making it harder and harder for Washington's family farms to compete.
Report shows how shortage of farm workers leads to increase in imported food
Union activists are causing more imported food and causing harm to consumers
Union organizers work to prevent farmers from using the guest worker program
Washington farmers hired 20,000 guest workers, mostly from Mexico, during the 2020 season. Before being allowed to bring these workers in with legal visas, the farms had to prove they had exhausted all efforts to hire domestic workers.
Union organizers, like Community to Community, fight against guest workers thinking the severe worker shortage provides opportunity to impose unions.
In doing so, they harm workers who value these jobs. Washington guest workers returned $288 million to their families in Mexico in 2017 alone.
Taking these jobs takes food off the table of those who very much need it.
To stop guest workers, the activists attack farmers who hire them with vicious false accusations, file lawsuits and boycott major brands using the farms' products.
They continue to insist a Sumas berry farm caused the death of a worker in 2017 when in-depth investigation by Labor & Industries and the Medical Examiner declared he died of natural causes unrelated to any working conditions.
Help us protect the right of workers to enjoy good jobs – and protect consumers at the same time
Farmworkers need your help to keep these high value jobs. Learn about the guest worker program, also called "H2A" for the legal visa these workers receive. Helping our family farmers secure the workers needed to produce our local, domestic food is in everyone's best interests.
Please consider joining our effort.